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The Pyramidal Barn – La grange pyramidale

This unusual barn in Châillon-sur-Loire, has become the symbol of the area known as the Berry, between Sologne and Sancerrois. Originally covered with thatch, these wattle and daub constructions usually date from the 15th century. They were used to house cattle and store grain. I took the photo when we were cycling along the Eurovelo bike route ten days ago. It has been raining practically non-stop in Blois for three days so I haven’t been inspired to take many photos … For more information on the barn (in French), click here.
Cette grange originale et surprenante à Châtillon-sur-Loire est aujourd’hui le symbole du Pays Fort, dans le Berry, entre la Sologne et le Sancerrois.A l’origine couvertes en chaume, ces vastes constructions en tuiles, bois et torchis, remontent pour la plupart au 15ème siècle. Elles permettaient un logement rationnel pour les récoltes et le bétail. J’ai pris la photo il y a dix jours lorsque nous faisions du vélo sur l’Eurovélo 6. Il pleut sans arrêt à Blois depuis trois jours ce qui ne m’a pas inspiré beaucoup de photos. Pour plus d’information sur la grange, cliquez ici.

3 replies on “The Pyramidal Barn – La grange pyramidale”

@Stuart: from what I gather, there is a mezzanine inside for storing hay while the animals are in separate pens inside.
@William: I think it’s the only place they have them here.

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