At the Guédelon medieval construction site in central France, the year is 1250.
Workers are recreating a 13th century castle from scratch with the methods and materials in use in the Middle Ages. https://lat.ms/31fKepG
On site, quarrymen in rough linen tunics hew massive chunks of sandstone from the earth. Stonecutters chip and shape limestone from a nearby quarry, with hand-forged tools. Ax-wielding carpenters hack at tree trunks to create the castle’s roof beams. 📸: @kiranridley
The traditional skills being rediscovered at the Guédelon medieval construction site are in demand for the reconstruction of Notre Dame cathedral, ravaged by fire in April. 📸: @kiranridley https://lat.ms/31fKepG
Even before the Notre Dame fire, there were plans at Guédelon to open an artisan trades school offering a fully-recognized diploma in historical renovation.
Post inferno, it may be even more necessary. https://lat.ms/31fKepG
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