Ruins of an old Country House from La Mancha. by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge – Part Two (1/3).
A night picture of the ruins of the old country house called “La Retamosa”, located near Montalvos (Albacete, Spain). These farmhouses have their origin in the last decades of the 19th and early 20th centuries in the middle of the typical vast plains of La Mancha region. They were constructions of rectangular plant generally with two levels, and were built out of adobe bricks and mud, reinforced at the corners with buttresses of lime and sand, with a gabled roof and, usually,with an interior courtyard too, in addition to joined storehouses and corrals for agricultural and ranching purposes.These country houses fell into decay because of the great exodus of people from the countryside to the cities which took place in the second half of 20Th Century.
Despite its dilapidated state, today, along with a clear example of rural architecture of La Mancha, they also represent an ethnographic material witness to the traditional way of life in the area, mainly based on farming and livestock.
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“Ruinas de una vieja casa de labranza manchega”.
Una toma nocturna de las ruinas de la vieja casa de labranza “La Retamosa”, que se encuentra en las cercanías de Montalvos (Albacete), en mitad del vasto llano manchego. Estas casas de labranza tienen su origen en los últimos decenios del Siglo XIX y en los primeros del XX; eran construcciones de planta rectangular que solían constar de dos alturas, y estaban edificadas a base de tapial y adobe, reforzados en las esquinas con machones de cal y arena, con tejado a dos aguas y, en la mayoría de los casos, con un patio interior, ademas de con estancias anexas para las labores agrícolas y ganaderas.
Estas casas de labranza comenzaron a abandonarse a raiz del gran éxodo rural que se dio en la segunda mitald del siglo XX.
Hoy día, y a pesar de su ruinoso estado, además de un ejemplo de arquitectura rural manchega, suponen también un etnográfico testimonio material de la tradicional forma de vida en la zona, basada en las labores agrícolas y ganaderas.

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Old Country House from La Mancha at dusk. by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): La Musgaña – La Niña.
The old country house called “La Bella Anita” is located near Montalvos (Albacete, Spain), in the middle of the typical vast plains of La Mancha region. These farmhouses have their origin in the last decades of the 19th and early 20th centuries. They were constructions of rectangular plant generally with two levels, and were built out of adobe bricks and mud, reinforced at the corners with buttresses of lime and sand, with a gabled roof and, usually,with an interior courtyard too, in addition to joined storehouses and corrals for agricultural and ranching purposes.
Despite its dilapidated state, today, along with a clear example of rural architecture of La Mancha, they also represent an ethnographic material witness to the traditional way of life in the area, mainly based on farming and livestock.
-Español:
“Vieja casa de labranza manchega al anochecer”
La vieja casa de labranza de “La Bella Anita” se encuentra en las cercanías de Montalvos (Albacete), en mitad de la típica inmensa llanura manchega. Estas casas de labranza tienen su origen en los últimos decenios del Siglo XIX y en los primeros del XX; eran construcciones de planta rectangular que solían constar de dos alturas, y estaban edificadas a base de tapial y adobe, reforzados en las esquinas con machones de cal y arena, con tejado a dos aguas y, en la mayoría, con un patio interior, ademas de con estancias anexas para las labores agrícolas y ganaderas.
Hoy día, y a pesar de su ruinoso estado, además de un ejemplo de arquitectura rural manchega, suponen también un etnográfico testimonio material de la tradicional forma de vida en la zona, basada en las labores agrícolas y ganaderas.
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Pozo Cañada Windmill (Albacete, Spain). by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): Arany Zoltán – La molineral.
The restored windmill of Pozo Cañada (Albacete, Spain), in a night capture under the starry night.
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“Molino de viento de Pozo Cañada” (Albacete).
El restaurado molino de viento de Pozo Cañada (Albacete), en una toma nocturna bajo la noche estrellada.
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Once Upon a Time in Motilleja… by FranciscoGarciaRios

Music (Open link in new tab): La Musgaña – Picao.
A newly renovated traditional dry stone hut (known as “cuco” in the region) in the outskirts of Motilleja (Albacete, Spain). “Cucos” (cuckoos) are traditional dry stone huts, usually made of more or less circular floor and dome formed by nearness of stone rows and located amidst the vast open fields of La Mancha, whose original role was to serve as a refuge for shepherds and peasants to shelter from the harsh climate.
-Español:
“Érase una vez en Motilleja…”
Un cuco recién rehabilitado en los aledaños de Motilleja (Albacete). Los “cucos” son construcciones tradicionales en piedra, localizados en mitad de los vastos campos manchegos, normalmente de planta más o menos circular y rematados en cúpula formada por aproximación de hiladas cuyo cometido era el de servir de refugio a los pastores y trabajadores del campo para refugiarse de los rigores del clima.

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