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Building a Monastery the Medieval Way

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Rowan
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Building a Monastery the Medieval Way

Post by Rowan » Wed March 21st, 2012, 3:37 pm

This is the second such project of its kind. The first is an on-going project of a castle built in the 13th-century method.
What did a medieval stonemason do when heavy rainfall interrupted his work? Umbrellas are impractical at construction sites. Gore-Tex jackets weren't yet invented, nor were plastic rain jackets. "He donned a jacket made of felted loden cloth," says Bert Geurten, the man who plans to build an authentic monastery town the old-fashioned way.


Felted loden jackets will also be present on rainy days at Geurten's building site, which is located near Messkirch, in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, between the Danube River and Lake Constance. Beginning in 2013, a Carolingian monastery town will be built here using only the materials and techniques of the 9th century. From the mortar to the walls, the rain jackets to the menu, every aspect of the operation will be carried out as just as it was in the days of Charlemagne. "We want to work as authentically as possible," says Geurten.
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Post by LoveHistory » Wed March 21st, 2012, 4:15 pm

I love things like this. Thanks, Rowan!

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Chateau Guedelon

Post by Ken » Wed March 21st, 2012, 6:43 pm

The construction of the Chateau Guedelon in France has been underway for several years now (it's a 25 year project) using the methods and materials used in the Middle Ages. Its a great site to follow on the internet and here is the link:

http://www.guedelon.fr/en/

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