The stone roofs

House of the pig
House of the pig

La maison du cochon : One of the last remaining houses with a stone roof (toit en lave).

 

Lave
Lave

The word « lave » derives from the French word « levé » pronounced lave in the local dialect, a word used by stonemasons.To construct the roof one must lift the flat limestone (laver la pierre) and split it lengthwise with a skillfull blow of a hammer to produce the roof tiles. They could produce roof loads up to 300kg/m2 . This explains the need for the magnificent oak roof structures constructed at 45º angles.

 

The pig
The pig

 

Small stone roof
Small stone roof

In a few houses small stone roofs have been preserved, as here in the « rue du Château ».

 

Bread oven
Bread oven

At the end of 2017 the owner of this house renovated the bread oven.

 

Bread oven building after renovation
Bread oven building after renovation

 

We must not forget the church