Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What Is It?


Perhaps my readers can illuminate me about this. I spotted variations on this type of construction on numerous small farms located along the Camino. Some appear quite old. I first thought it might be used for storing corn. But now I'm not so sure. Do you know what it is? 

Thanks to all who responded. Your comments finally led me to this Wikipedia article:

"An hórreo is a typical granary from the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula (mainly Galicia, where it might be called a Galician granary, Asturias and Northern Portugal), built in wood or stone, raised from the ground by pillars (pegollos in Asturian, esteos in Galician, abearriak in Basque) ending in flat staddle stones (vira-ratos in Galician, mueles or tornarratos in Asturian, or zubiluzea in Basque) to prevent access by rodents. Ventilation is allowed by the slits in its walls." 

13 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. I think you're right, Francisco. The shape was what threw me off the first several times I saw one of these. Here in the states, we're more used to seeing corn store in round silos.

      Delete
  2. ...it's a conversation starter!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Looks intriguing but no idea.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have read it on a blog of a woman who did the camino too this year. Maybe you can find the answer here. https://60andthenext10.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  5. De norte a sur , varía mucho las construccciones. Me da la sensación que es para guardar y almacenar productos del campo.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Replies
    1. That's exactly what I first thought, William.

      Delete
  7. I would have though grain storage of some kind.

    ReplyDelete
  8. You've got the answer Revrunner. I was going to say it's to store cereals, as I've seen them in Portugal too, when I lived there.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by! Your comments are always welcome.