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Heritage & traditionArchitectural HeritageLe raccard (granary)
Heritage & tradition

Le raccard (granary)

The raccard or granary is the most typically Valaisan building.


Built on stilts to keep out rodents, it is the largest farm building. Easily identified by the threshing floor which projects from the front wall, the only part of the building carefully constructed from tightly fitted planks so no grain would be lost. The walls are made of rough beams to allow air to circulate.

The basement of the granary can be either stone or wood, roughly finished and acting as a shelter for sheep, which are very resistant to the cold.


 

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