Medieval castle being built in French countryside

Posted Sep 13, 2010 by Stephanie Medeiros
Archaeologist Michel Guyot had a dream to build a real Medieval castle with Medieval building techniques, and finally his dream is being realized.
Debtors  Tower inside Oxford Castle/Prison  UK
Debtors' Tower inside Oxford Castle/Prison, UK
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Just south of Paris, France, in the rolling countryside a Medieval castle is being built. Techniques from the 13th century are being used (under the supervision of working regulations) which have not been used in more than 700 years, claims the AOL News article.
Michel Guyot was inspired when he discovered 13th century architecture that still remained in a 15th century castle not too far away from his own dream castle. However, the path toward this realization has been a long one that included regulations, paperwork and funding.
An entrepreneur by the name of Maryline Martin took interest in the endeavor, citing that the building would generate tourism (and money) for the area as well as jobs for the locals. This dream finally started construction in 1997 and still goes on today, thirteen years later. They started with only fifty workers.
As part of the on-going building, workers must wear Medieval styled clothing but also modernized hard hats, steel-toed boots and other safety regulated gear. Also, it brings about a bit more authenticity, as thousands of tourists visit annually--this year alone has seen 300,000 tourists already.
Though Guyot and Martin secured some funding, after three years into the project the castle lost all funding and has been completely self-funded.
To entertain the growing number of tourists who visit each year, workshops for kids have been set up that explain the Medieval building techniques being used and then kids can try it out for themselves, such as stone carving.
Despite the influx of interest, the workforce for the castle has been tiny compared to the times they are trying to emulate. Thus, the completion date is not until between 2023 and 2025.