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Eduardo Barreiros and the Recovery of Spain$
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Hugh Thomas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121094

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121094.001.0001

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A Clear, Bright Town

A Clear, Bright Town

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(p.25) 6 A Clear, Bright Town
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Eduardo Barreiros and the Recovery of Spain
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Hugh Thomas

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300121094.003.0006

This chapter describes the different aspects of the city of Orense, which, in the early twentieth century, was remarkable for its granite streets and houses. The insistent ring of chisel on granite was a typical sound in all Galicia since the region is a country of fine-grained white stone, and its quarrymen, with their unique songs, their special language, and their important guilds, used to be a race apart. In the old days, the ambition of every successful Orensano was to have a house made of that stone. Those white, many-windowed houses, with ancient coats of arms of forgotten families, looked as if they would last forever. Orense seemed ancient; an earlier city government in the eighteenth century had done away with the old walls, and the eleven gates of the place in the past were by then forgotten.

Keywords:   Orense, granite, white stone, special language, guilds

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