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An architectural tour of the breathtaking Spanish countryside from Galicia to the Pyrenees From the stone chalet style houses dotting the green hillsides of the Basue region in the north to the pueblos blancos white villages of Andalucia in the south this book explores the vernacular buildings that characterize each region of Spain The enlightening text reveals how various conditions influenced each building style while than 150 specially commissioned color photographs show us Spanish style in all its diversity farm buildings in rolling landscapes tiny villages on the medieval pilgrim route from France to Spain flower filled inner courtyards of ancient estates decorative details such as terracotta roof titles elaborate wrought ironwork and azulejos painted decorative titles The result is a visual extravaganza that will tempt visitors to step off the well worn tourist path and venture into the real Spain This book is perfect for anyone charmed by Spain or old houses Other Details 150 full color illustrations 160 pages 9 78 x 9 78 Published 1995masons and carted off to shape fine city palaces and cathedrals a little of the best stone nevertheless found its way into local country houses Elsewhere the builder learned to work with indifferent rubble stone or used wood clay adobe sun dried bricks and tapia or pise where coarse sandy gravel was rammed into a petrified finish The farmhouses and cottages constructed by untutored architectbuilders were than mere places in which to live They also served to shelter the family's animals the olive press the cider barrels the weaver's loom or the potter's wheel Indeed room was made over to the workshop or dairy than to the family itself who had to be content with a first floor fireside kitchen flat topped chest bench stool and basic sleeping uarters Such a house also said something about the status of the farmerowner He was no less aware of contemporary styles and new materials than the land owner in his palace he simply lacked the resources with which to express it The buildings which rose to meet the needs of these farmers varied from region to region To understand why northern Pontevedra is filled with great green granite farmhouses while southern Málaga has an abundance of whitewashed houses or why the walls of Salamanca in the west should glow with golden limestone while houses ne.

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Traditional Houses of Rural SpainCt continues to feed Segovia's water supply; Emperor Trajan's bridge built over the River Tagus Río Tajo in 106 AD carries its daily payload to this day Elsewhere in Spain ashlar stone and faded Roman brick tiles are still being unearthed in the ancient walls of remote farmhouses When the Romans departed the barbarian invasions swept through the country until the last of the invading hordes the Germanic Visigoths worked their way south from France bringing their Visigothic styles which survive in the north of the country The Visigoths were met and repelled by the Moslems who remained in Spain for almost eight centuries until the Christian reconuest eventually expelled them from Andalucía By then Spain had become the meeting point of two radically different civilisations and nothing since has matched the impact and the integration of these two cultures on Spanish arts crafts and architecture The Moslems were driven out in 1492 the same year in which Christopher Columbus sailed from Andalucía to search for a maritime short cut to India but stumbled on the Americas instead During the later colonisation Spain flourished and enriched itself on plundered gold from these new possessions All through the sixteenth century palaces religious buildings and universities materialised from the drawing boards of architects many of whom hurried from France and Burgundy Holland Germany Italy and England to share the spoils of conuest Ironworkers masons sculptors glass workers silversmiths and ceramicists fighting for a foothold in this new lucrative market followed the architects and brought their influences and expertise to bear on the buildings of Spain No other European country possesses so much unaltered evidence of a medieval or Renaissance past but the most pervasive influence on traditional buildings dates back to the Islamic conuest Materials landscapes and people helped shape the face of the traditional houses of rural Spain Since the essential ingredients differ from region to region from valley to valley subtle differences mixed like a finely blended sherry led to a rich end result Old habits die hard; it is still uite possible to sit outside the village cafe on a fine spring day and watch a householder mixing mortar and constructing some of his own walls in exactly the same way as his grandfather's grandfather did before him.

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Summary ↠ Traditional Houses of Rural Spain ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook â An architectural tour of the breathtaking Spanish countryside from Galicia to the Pyrenees From the stone chalet style houses dotting the green hillsides of the Basue region in the north to the pueblos blancos white villages of AAr Arragona in the east are built of stones as big as barrels we need to know something of the climate the place and the people Different landscapes give rise to different vernacular styles There are half timbered houses in the forests snow proof chalets in the mountains mud and reed thatched cabins on the moorlands and flat roofed cottages along the Mediterranean coast Spain's sea shores and sierra marshland and meseta possess an incomparable geographical variety and conseuently an exceptional range of vernacular styles The weather worn teeth of the Spanish sierra the Spanish use the same word for both a saw and a mountain and meseta stripped of their forests years ago make Spain the most mountainous country in Europe after Switzerland Most of Spain's fifty million visitors a year come to enjoy the varied coastline which ranges from Galicia's windswept Cabo Finisterre heading into the Atlantic and once thought to be the end of the world to the costa long beachy stretches which shelve into the blue Mediterranean Sea Spain has marshlands including the National Park of Doñana in the south west desert plains in Aragon and even close by Olot in Catalonia dormant volcanoes These distinctive landscapes are scattered over 518000 suare kilometres 200000 suare miles of fifteen mainland regions The people themselves are as diverse as the materials and the methods of building in each region A Castilian is no a typical Spaniard than the flamenco is a typical Spanish dance The people of Spain incorporate many others Iberians drifted over from Africa to settle in the south and east and Celts settled in the north and west Successive waves of settlers included Greeks Phoenicians Carthaginians and Romans The Basues were already a race apart and had their own language and distinctive building styles while the Gallegos part Celt and part Roman and the Catalonians of Iberian French and Roman ancestry were developing their own mother tongues as well as their own building techniues Traditional building methods are not immune to outside influences and conuest and colonisation have added new ingredients to the vernacular mix When the Romans invaded and settled Hispania as they called it the country flourished learned and developed under Latin rule Some feats of Roman engineering not only survive but still operate today a spectacular Roman auedu.