Notre Dame: time to call in the French builders with medieval skills

Artisans creating a ‘13th-century’ castle in Burgundy might well be the ideal team to restore the cathedral.

Remaking medieval history is what they have been doing at Guédelon for the past 22 years, as a team of workers and volunteers construct a 13th-century château using the tools and techniques of the epoch and, as far as possible, locally sourced basic materials like stone and wood.

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