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The granaries of Asturias

Constructions used as granaries, typical of the Asturias region.

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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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The traditional architecture of the Asturias region has a real character of its own. It has a strongly rural aspect influenced by a way of life closely linked to raising livestock, as well as agriculture, fishing, and mining activities. However, the most distinctive buildings, which can be seen in all of the villages, are the 'hórreos' (granaries). These buildings were designed to protect the grains and food meant for humans from rodents and other animals. They are a perfect example of adaptation to one's natural surroundings and can be seen throughout Asturias, Cantabria, and León. The granaries are built of stone, of wood, or a combination of the two. Standing atop of columns, this extra height keeps them out of reach of would-be 'thieves'. When you visit an Asturian village, pay close attention to the architecture of the buildings; it reveals much about the culture and traditions of these legendary people.

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