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 »

The house next to Bob’s house

The name originates from a “homeless person”, who lived in the house nearby for many years. The new owner will completely renovate the house, hoping to conserve the stone roof.

We must not forget the church