Here's another photo of the same Espigueiros, where the details are more visible. This nucleus is formed by more than twenty well preserved Espigueiros. We can also see part of the treshing floor where they have been built.
They are situated in Soajo, a village situated in the Peneda-Gêres National Park, in the North, very close to the border with Spain.
Espigueiros are a type of Raccards that are very common in the North of Portugal and Spain. Most part of them are still being used today. They are built in granite and wood - the construction depended a lot on the economic situation of the family and it is the place where the farmers use to place the crops (mainly corn) to keep them safe and far from the rodents. On both sides it usually has narrow openings to let the corn dry. In Portugal we have several well preserved nucleus like this one, in Soajo and a bigger one in Lindoso, a few kms far.
This one has around 24 espigueiros, the oldest one dating from the end of the 18th century. They can be found in the village, on a high granite stone that became the treshing floor .
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jcpix (11938) 2013-08-28 19:23
A nice follow up to the previous, these are really interesting and even a bit unexpected. It's always refreshing to see something out the ordinary, especially when it's been presented so well such as this. A strong point of view here that aids in understanding the dimension and construction of these Espigueiros. Very well presented with sharp focus, putting attention on the detail and textures. I quite enjoy this composition also, allowing for the ones on the side and small portions of those in the back to be visible...creating a nice little "community." :) Thanks for sharing a pleasing and informative look at these structures. Enjoy the day ahead. take care.
cargus (8044) 2013-08-28 23:55
Colour, light and contrast excellent, good together in a successful picture.
willperrett (6282) 2013-08-29 1:20
What unusual structures, and what a beautiful photograph to present them to us! At first I thought I was looking at some form of above-ground tomb somewhere in the Far East, Buddhist maybe, though the crosses give the lie to that! Instead we have grain stores. I should have realised: in England too we have traditional barns raise above ground on "staddle stones" very much like the ones in your picture, in order to keep the barns ventilated and free of vermin. Your polarizer has done wonders for the sky.
macjake (53320) 2013-08-29 2:19
well, you are certainly showing us a new part of Portugal! I have never ever heard of such structures.
And you're talking about them as if you have a life long knowledge :)
such a perfect post for TE, learning about the world through photos
what better way than this, great photo.
lots of details and textures, and the royal blue sky is a fine way to top it off.
adramad (35849) 2013-08-29 9:20
Una composicion sensacional, con esta perspectiva desde abajo de este grupo de horreos, muy comunes tambien en Galicia y Asturias, es una construccion con una gran tradicion y que a mi me gustan en particular.
Muy Bonito este colorido en tonos vivos.
Muy buena luminosidad y optima nitidez.
Ten una buena tarde.
Todo lo mejor para ti.
Nicou (117728) 2013-08-29 9:43
quel ciel pur et limpide sueprbe et ces monument religieux avec leurs croix au sommet au sommet des montagnes quelle compo très original et intéressant sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
rbassin (16578) 2013-08-29 10:45
une magnifique photo d'une architecture d'un autre temps.Le point de vue permet de voir les détails et les matériaux utilisé.
mohammad_H (8859) 2013-08-29 20:19
Let's see what the silo for storing grain, old buildings and history are always attractive to viewers , these places are very persistent , very nice view , and comprehensive notes , good resolution
emka (74187) 2013-08-29 23:11
Ola Ana, What an interesting photo and note! I have never seen such constructions. good protection of the crops against the mouses and rats. strange that they have crosses. I thought at first that could be kind of graves. excellent view from below. Superb!
WArm regrads MAłgo
williewhistler (12839) 2013-08-30 11:20
Hello Ana,what fascinating buildings,built to last you have captured them in a strong light,showing the details very well.
Best wishes Les.
Silvio1953 (117383) 2013-08-30 12:01
Ciao Ana, great view of interesting architecture, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Urs (14082) 2013-08-30 17:36
Interesting buildings looking like small chapels but at the same time are used for trashing. The deep blue sky sets a beautiful contrast to the rural scenery. Well done
tyro (19080) 2013-09-01 16:47
This is a beautiful photograph from your beautiful country and you have written a very interesting and informative note. I have never before heard of "Espigueiros" and they appear to be very attractive even although they are simply stores for grain. Very nice that they have been preserved because I presume that nowadays such stores are simply modern structures built of concrete and metal, just as they are here in Britain?
Lovely light and colours, a pleasant and striking composition, a wonderful deep blue sky and exquisite details and sharpness.
eldancer1 (25814) 2013-09-04 9:46
Very interesting architectures! And thanks for the wonderful information, learn something new everyday. I like your pov and it has good dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
mkamionka (29531) 2013-09-05 3:14
very interesting subject and so photogenic as well. Great composition with some more stones in the foreground. The weather was fantastic with the uniformly dark blue sky, I like it. Very eye catching geometry.
sacavem (18610) 2013-09-06 8:00
Há uns anos fiz uma data de kms para chegar a este local. Mas valeu para poder ver esta maravilhosa aldeia do Soajo. Vejo que está tudo na mesma :)
Tens fotos do interior da aldeia?
Na altura eu fotografei com maquina analógica por isso fiz poucas fotos e de qualidade pouco boa.
nota: comi por lá um petisco "Anho assado" com um belo alvarinho :)
fds (7440) 2013-09-07 3:52
dear ana this image is very beautiful moment with very nice and very originaly Church very interested document
perphas the sky is warm blu but this image is very beautiful
bayno (18342) 2013-09-09 0:26
very interesting location...very strange architecture...your framing is perfect...excellent details and amazing sky...
have a good day....summer is finish today here in Rome...rain...but is very good...fresh...
gus72 (3719) 2013-09-13 15:54
Hi Ana !!
This is not only a beautiful photo but also an interesting one as I have never seen anything like it....... and the position of the Espigueiros makes for a spectacular scene.
An the crosses on the roof..... they add another dimension
Have a nice week end.
- Copyright: Ana Dores (adores) (34740)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-24
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR, 58mm HAMA Pol cir
- Exposure: f/6.4, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-28 18:56