How to build a medieval castle


Deep in the forests of central France, an unusual architectural experiment is halfway 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 if 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, as guide Sarah Preston explained to Hugh Schofield.

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