It comes from the Latin “horreum” (barn), designating a building in which were kept off the field, especially grain.

During the Empire, the term “horreum” was used to any place intended to preserve things of any kind, such as wine (horrea vinearia), provisions (horreum penarium) or even money. The oldest date from the fifteenth century.

The air barns are around the planet and are morphologically similar to hórreo. It is relatively common to find references to the hórreo comes from elevated and ventilated barns that existed in villages Celts before the Romans arrived.

The peculiarities of the structure, land ownership and population dispersion, allowed the hórreo maintain its rationale mainly in Asturias, Galicia and northern Portugal.

It has an undeniable value folk and is one of the landmarks of the Asturian identity.

Similar constructions exist in other European countries such as England, Norway or Switzerland (mazot).

Hórreo: square building…

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