Premium Sheet 2014 from Spain – Rural Architecture

Premium Sheet 2014 from Spain – Rural Architecture

The new issue by Spanish post, Rural Architecture, shows buildings in different areas of Spain featured for their regional character and originality, such as: the La Mancha Windmill, the Asturian Granary and the typical Valencian Barraca house. These stamps reproduce colourful images of vernacular architecture and introduce, for the first time, apremium sheet issue. These sheets insert into the outer part of the image, drawings, sayings and quotes from famous authors alluding to the popular constructions.

La Mancha’s Windmills are located on hills and high areas where the wind is favourable for generating a driving force. They are generally painted white and form part of the Castile – La Mancha landscape, recognized as one of the identifying features of the Community. Inside there are three floors: the grain store or ground floor, where part of the spiral staircase gives access to the other floors and where the sacks of grain or cereals are stored; the chamber or main floor, where the flour is cleaned and the blades and grinding utensils are stored, and the mill, which houses the machinery and the small windows through which the wind enters and powers the gear parts.

The Asturian Granary is a type of rural construction designed for cereal and food storage for isolation against humidity and pests. They are located in wet areas such as Galicia and Asturias, although some exist in the north of the Peninsular and Portugal.

The barn stands on pillars and is constructed with wood or stone placed so as to allow ventilation. The Galician granary is usually rectangular, with stone walls and a stone or slate roof. The Asturian granary is usually characterized by being square, built in wood and covered with tiles, thatch or branches. In the Asturian language it is called horriohorru or horro.

The Barraca is a typical construction in the Valencian Community, Murcia and the Ebro Delta. Materials accessible in the area were used for construction, such as sugar cane, reeds and mud. So, the walls are made of clay and the roof, peaked with a sharp angle to drain away the rain, is made of reeds or thatch. They usually have two floors, the bottom for housing and stables, and the upper floor for storing products. It was the traditional home of agricultural farmers.

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