In 1997 a team of roughly 70 historians, archaeologists, and craftsmen set out to build a 13th century style castle in a forest two hours outside of Paris using only period appropriate tools. Every stone, tile, and brick is handmade, every tree is hand-felled, and even the trebuchet-looking construction set-up was hand-crafted.
The BBC described the Guédelon Castle as “the world’s biggest archaeological experiment” and it’s currently set to be completed in 2022 as a tourist and educational landmark. Check out the video above for an overview of their process or click here to see the 90 minute BBC Special. and learn more about this magnificent foray into the marriage of science, craftsmanship, archaeology, and design.