Wednesday, December 02, 2015
In a remote forest clearing in Burgundy, France, a 13th-century castle is slowly being constructed using only the tools, techniques, and materials that would have been available to the builders of the day. The Guédelon project was started in 1997 at a location near an abandoned stone quarry, a pond for water, and in a forest that could provide wood. Knotted rope is used to make measurements, stone is imperfectly cut to denote the station of the castle's owner, and rock is chiseled by hand.
About 300,000 people a year visit the site. The project is ongoing and is expected to be completed in 2020.