Château de Guédelon Project
Château de Guédelon project aims to recreate a 13th
century medieval castle with technology from that era.
The castle is located in Treigny, Burgundy, France, and it is still under
construction. Construction of Guedelon castle started in 1997 and it is
estimated to end around 2023.
The first year was spent making tools, baskets, pots, and stones to begin the
building. Nothing happens quickly. It can take the stonecutters several days to carve one block,
and this castle needs thousands.
The main reason of the Guedelon project is education. There is no better way to
learn than by seeing things first hand and a group of French historians and archeologists want
everyone to know how to make a medieval castle. Every step around Guedelon is like turning a page
in a historical how-to book.
Amazingly, there are only 35 artisans building this castle. They are limited to
using materials and techniques their counterparts used 800 years ago. All of the materials they use
are found in or around the site, including the sandstone, wood, iron and limestone.
On the site there are blacksmiths, carpenters, masons, potters, rope-makers,
basket weavers, woodcutters, stonecutters and carters with their horses.
The Guedelon Castle is Burgundy’s main tourist attraction drawing over
300,000 people each year.
Chateau de Guedelon - Visitor info
Over France's summer months, Guedelon is open six days a
The castle’s website offers up to date information about opening hours and
current progress of the building and can be found at www.guedelon.fr.
Contact No: +33(0)386456666
Guedelon is in France's Burgundy region near the small village of Treigny. The
only way to reach it is by car. You'll need half a day to explore the site, so do yourself a favour
and stay at least one night in the area.
You don't need to book accommodation ahead if you want to stay overnight near
Guedelon. There are plenty of farmstays and inns around. Look for signs while driving in the
Chateau de Guédelon Address: Chantier Médiéval de Guédelon D955 89520 TREIGNY
Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:
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Guedelon plan 1997 - Click to
- Photo source: FredArt