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France's new medieval castle
BBC News ^ | 30 June 2010 | Hugh Schofield

Posted on 06/30/2010 10:21:19 AM PDT by Lorianne

Deep in the forests of central France, an unusual architectural experiment is half-way to completion, as a team of masons replicates in painstaking detail the construction of an entire medieval castle.

The ­Chateau de Guedelon was started in 1998, after local landowner Michel Guyot wondered whether it would be possible to build a castle from scratch, using only contemporary tools and materials.

Today, the walls are rising gradually from the red Burgundy clay. The great hall is almost finished, with only part of the roof remaining, while the main tower edges past the 15m (50ft) mark.

Builders use sandstone quarried from the very ground from which the castle is emerging.

Modern cement did not exist in the 13th Century, so mortar is made from slaked lime and sand. For tools they have basic ironware.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: architecture; chateaudeguedelon; france; godsgravesglyphs

1 posted on 06/30/2010 10:21:24 AM PDT by Lorianne
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2 posted on 06/30/2010 10:30:20 AM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Lorianne
The ­Chateau de Guedelon was started in 1998, after local landowner Michel Guyot wondered whether it would be possible to build a castle from scratch, using only contemporary tools and materials.

Because it has never been done before?

3 posted on 06/30/2010 10:31:15 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right. - WWJD)
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To: SunkenCiv; muawiyah; JoeProBono

wow.


4 posted on 06/30/2010 10:35:06 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Lorianne
Medieval castle, meet medieval trebuchet
5 posted on 06/30/2010 10:35:31 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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Cool. I wonder how they got around all the building codes.


6 posted on 06/30/2010 10:43:54 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Lorianne
Very kewel.

There is a lot more information at the official site:

http://www.guedelon.fr/
7 posted on 06/30/2010 10:47:59 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Lorianne

Castle Ping


8 posted on 06/30/2010 10:49:27 AM PDT by Armed Civilian ("Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.")
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

I’m curious about that too.


9 posted on 06/30/2010 11:07:55 AM PDT by Ellendra (I'll believe it's a crisis when the people who say it's a crisis, ACT like it's a crisis!)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
There's one in Napa too


10 posted on 06/30/2010 11:15:49 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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Ping for later


11 posted on 06/30/2010 11:17:57 AM PDT by Tailback
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
Cool. I wonder how they got around all the building codes.


It's France, if they have any, I'm sure they can be taken care of with a few Euros...:^)

12 posted on 06/30/2010 11:34:29 AM PDT by az_gila (AZ - one Governor down... we don't want her back...)
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According to the website; They submitted plans and got approval, partially on the grounds of being a research project into mideval building techniques. They did need to meet modern OSHA type safety codes for the workers. So no overseer with a whip lashing the serfs.


13 posted on 06/30/2010 11:58:49 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Lorianne

Want to see the castle being built, but don’t want to go to France and deal with those “people”? A lot closer and without the pervasive urine smell, try the Ozark hills of Arkansas.
http://www.ozarkmedievalfortress.com/

“In the heart of the United States, between Springfield, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, a dazzling historic vision is rising in the middle of the Ozark Mountains. The creation is the brainchild of Michel Guyot who launched a similar and very successful project in Burgundy, France, ten years ago.

A team of architectural experts, working together with historians of the Middle Ages and dedicated artisans, is raising a genuine, full-sized, fortified castle, with 45 foot high towers, a drawbridge, and 6 foot wide stone walls surrounding an expansive inner courtyard, using the materials, techniques, and rules of the 13th century.”

This spring my wife and I were riding our VTX 1800 in the Ozarks and this was a stop on our motorcycle trip. If you’re in the Ozarks it’s well worth the trip.If you have a bike and have never rode the Jasper Disaster or the Peel’s ferry run, you’re in for a real treat.


14 posted on 06/30/2010 12:02:35 PM PDT by FreetheSouth! ("Those Rebel bastards couldn't hit an elephant at this dis..." Last words of Union General Sedgewick)
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In Loveland, Ohio

Chateau Laroche is the work of one man, Sire Harry Andrews, who started building the castle in 1929. Most of the stones from which it was constructed were carried in buckets from the nearby riverbed. Mr. Andrews would on occasion let someone else do odd jobs such as mixing mortar, but he laid every stone himself. Some bricks used in the building of the castle were made by pouring cement into used milk cartons and removing the cartons after the cement had hardened.

Over the years a group of people known as the "Knights of the Golden Trail" was formed to help Mr. Andrews with the castle. When Mr. Andrews died at age 90 in 1981, the castle was willed to the Knights of the Golden Trail. The Knights are keeping Sire Harry's memory alive by taking care of the castle and putting the finishing touches on it. They also make sure someone is there to guard the castle at all times. The castle can be toured or rented for weddings, or perhaps a party. Each Halloween, it is made up to look like a haunted castle.

15 posted on 06/30/2010 12:17:43 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (It's the 'Land of Opportunity'... NOT... the 'Land of Entitlements'!!!)
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To: FreetheSouth!

Thanks!


16 posted on 06/30/2010 1:31:10 PM PDT by Lorianne
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Thanks hennie pennie. Other attempts at this kind of thing have gone on in Europe and the Americas (and probably other places) ever since the Middle Ages transitioned into the Renaissance -- via the Black Death and other fun times.

In Michigan, near Charlevoix, the Loeb farm was an example; in the 1960s a guy named Van Haver bought the mostly derelict property and tried to turn it into a tourist attraction. He also try to sell his own paintings there, if memory serves. He ran out of money, it lasted maybe a couple of years. Then around 1980 someone had the great idea of using the place as a concert venue called Castle Farms. That lasted a few years. Last I knew it was a private residence, some of the original stone buildings had been demolished, and the owners were trying to make it into a wedding rental -- get married and have the reception right in a castle.

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17 posted on 06/30/2010 4:01:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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Castle Farms

18 posted on 06/30/2010 4:04:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Lorianne
More on the castle:

Guedelon

19 posted on 06/30/2010 4:12:38 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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