CnP: You started back in the 1998 but the construction is scheduled to finish only in 2023 (or 2030 – different sources say different things). Why is it taking so long?
MM: It was an act of provocation, back in 1997, when we announced that we were going to build a castle from scratch and that it would take 25 years to complete. In this age, when everything has to be faster, quicker…we were going to take as much time as was needed: to learn, to stumble, to question, to "fail better". In the early 13th century, a castle such as Guedelon would have been finished in 12-15 years. A royal castle, for example the medieval Louvre, was built in 10 years; Richard Lionheart built Chateau Gaillard in an amazing two years! We are taking much longer than our medieval counterparts because we don't have their experience and because we welcome 300,000 visitors to the site each year. Our aim is to explain our work to the greatest number possible, not to finish the castle as quickly as possible.