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New Pollozas open in Cebreiro


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Since Thursday, Cebreiro has a new attraction. A set of four ethnographic rehabilitated pallozas opened their doors to the public after an intense recovery work started in 2006 by the Ministry of Culture.
These facilities were visited on Wednesday by conselleira Culture, Ánxela Bugallo, the director of Heritage Xeral Felipe Arias, and the mayor of Pedrafita, José Luis Raposo.
The package aims to recreate the atmosphere of life in the mountains east of Lugo. Bugallo Ánxela appreciated the restoration work carried out by the architect Luis Serrano, the documentalist Bibiana Castro and restorative Vania Lopez, indicating that truly reflects the atmosphere of the work and palloza that were developed around it.
Although there was a big snowfall in the conselleira Cebreiro, they found that the pallozas are still resisting the weather.

Felipe Arias explained that this type of construction, evolved from the Castros, is designed to keep the heat in winter and cool in summer. The thick walls with little windows from outside insulate the structure, the semi into the soil, helps retain the heat of the fire. This element is essential in any palloza and essential for maintaining the roof, which needs to smoke kept in good condition.
All these details are preserved in the Ethnographic Cebreiro together and have been cared for by the restorers, who have removed the superfluous palloza to regain its glory of yesteryear.
Culture Works, which spent 389,000 euros, have improved the palloza of Xan Lopez, which was a museum, and to enable two further visits, known as Quiet and Galán. The fourth of Campelo has been adapted for cultural activities and services and includes a sample of panels about the area.
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I actually got to sleep in a palloza- back in 1988 the main palloza in Ceibreiro was the refugio for peregrinos. I remember sleeping on fresh hay and not much else about it (It's a tough climb up to Ceibreiro!- I was tired!) :)

Ceibreiro may have been my favorite town along the Camino Frances, although I can't give you a particular reason why. Perhaps mountain towns are in my bones (I currently live in a small ski town in Colorado at 8,750 feet altitude). It certainly was chilly up there, even in July.

Just before leaving Ceibreiro I took a photo of the sunrise in a reflection of one of the small, round glass windows on the palloza I had just slept in. I'm going to try to scan this photo and use it as my avatar.

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