(Photo: Adhara Caamaño)
This is a hórreo. It's a structure that can be found throughout western and southern Europe, but is most common in Spain. It's a building built on stone columns. Some have stood for 2,000 years.
Why did people build these architectural oddities?
They were barns where farmers kept harvested crops. Here's one of a few hórreos still in use. Originally, a farmer would use only the top portion to store food. The stone columns kept crops out of the reach of many rodents.
(Photo: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez)
The origin of the hórreo is uncertain, but it dates back to at least Roman times. Many are well-preserved.
The hórreo is an architectural icon of Spain with an influence still seen in modern design.