This is a fascinating project in the Burgundy region of France, a 12th century chateau fort being built from scratch, using only tools and equipment from the Middle Ages.

Fifty master builders have taken on this extraordinary challenge in a disused quarry, in the heart of France, surrounded by all the natural materials required for the construction – stone, wood, sand and clay.

Quarrymen, stonemasons, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile and rope makers, are building this castle from scratch, and it was an amazing site to visit.

Brian is always intrigued on how in the Middle Ages workers managed to build these impressive structures, and Guedelon answered many of his questions.

Started in 1997, it’s due to be completed sometime in 2020.

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