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click !!  Beaucaire roofs tiles

From the hotel, I was looking at those tiles from another time. Many villages in Provence in distress, where we live with difficulty, have retained the same references to this historical past. In our industrialized days, round tiles, also called "stem of boots", are the reproduction, in smaller, of these Roman tiles (For the authenticity, to see the archaeological site of Vaison la Romaine). These old tiles use a coarse, heterogeneous material, which appears even better underneath, not smoothed. They also bear the marks of a handmade manufacture, that is irregular shapes, badly cut edges rebelling, longitudinal flatwork shaping with a spatula (facets.

Windows ate high and narow against the heat, the shutters are slatted.

Houses in Provence have flat roof covered with round Roman tiles.


That one iis old ; there is a well in front. In the background, another construction that cou be a storage service one, has an open heightening on its roof. (see below). hibis
Beautiful and typical city house, with its slatted shutters and its simple frontage. The upper floor, formerly reserved to the house employees, has a rather low ceiling (one seems too much low, don't know why) hibis

One can see at the top of Provençal modern houses, these elements, of which heightenings of little height, built backward on the roofs. hibis

Olders are générally totally opened or with holes, so they originally would be drying sheds or pigeon lofts when they only have holes. Now they are sometimes refurbished and reused as a modern terraces. hibis

Here is a seemingly former dovecote And another, the oddest to date, of very little height, that link two houses over a passage (typic and still authentic Lubéron village, nearly 2010)

It should be searched, but there are roofs with round angles ! (tiles and gutter). Here in Luberon. hibis This arch is typical. Its elliptic (*) form is often simplified by suppression of the round-offs at both sides. A simple arc rather flattened is then connected  with a sharp angle at the vertical parts.
(*) ellipsis. Curve obtained by nailing two nails or bugs each other spaced enough, on which we attach a string more long than their spacing. One tightens the string pushing it apart with a pencil which one makes slip it all length. A formula takes these elements.
Towers and dungeons, inspired of castles, are coupled to the rich and imposing residences, which one also calls "bastides" (the bastide term would indicate formely a strengthened village). The Provence, it is also the art of the ironwork, undoubtedly coming from Italy.

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