Photographer's Note

This is a photo from May, 1998, scanned from a photo I took with an old non digital camera. By that time I didn't look at photography the way I look at it nowadays, but I liked this one and thought you would like it too. These are "espigueiros" from Soajo, an amazing village of an also amazing region in the north of Portugal!

"The Soajo village (Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal) is a structured settlement made up of granite houses that are characteristic in mountain regions. The houses are set beside narrow lanes, just wide enough for ox-carts to get by, deeply rutted by the use throughout the centuries.

The rustic houses are distinguishable more by their ethnographic than by their architectural value, being built out of materials regionally available.

The cultural heritage without being exuberant and erudite, is an excellent repository of a humankind’s good relationship with nature. While keeping, and maintaining their rural origins, the visitor may enjoy the quietude of the environment and the scenarios, the peacefulness and the rural folk’s tunes.

This village is famous for its communitarian threshing-ground constituted by 24 stone granaries standing on granite. The most ancient one goes back to 1782. These granite monuments were built at a time when corn started being grown on a regular basis and they were used for the protection of cereal from storms and rodents. Part of these granaries are still used by the villagers."

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