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An Introduction

An introduction

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© F. Folcher - Guédelon

© F. Folcher - Guédelon


In the heart of Puisaye, in Yonne, Burgundy, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: to build a castle using the same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages.


The wood, stone, earth, sand and clay needed for the castle's construction are all to be found here, in this abandoned quarry. Watched by thousands of visitors, all the trades associated with castle-building - quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters and their horses - are all working together to complete the castle.



© F. Folcher - Guédelon

© F. Folcher - Guédelon

Work on the site began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete.


Guédelon offers a unique opportunity to witness all the various different phases of a castle's construction.


Let yourself be transported from the present day, back to the sights and sounds of a 13th-century construction site.


Guédelon offers something for everyone: archaeologists, historians, teachers, students and families.


                                                                             Don't miss your chance to see history in the making!



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Guédelon is open!

The site re-opened its doors on March 16th.

You will find full details of our dates and opening times here on our website.

We look forward to welcoming you this season to watch the work in progress, notably the building of the castle's final cross-rib vault in the chapel tower, but also the working watermill and the exhibition on hydraulic power in the Middle Ages..




Chantier Médiéval
de Guédelon

D955 89520 TREIGNY
tél. 03 86 45 66 66

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