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Corbelled houses
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In architecture, a corbel is a protruding construction on a building, in this case, houses with overhanging floors. Used in Normandy since the end of the Middle Ages, this technique became even more popular during the Renaissance. Corbelling offered several advantages: it allowed owners to gain surface area on each floor, and to pay less taxes, which were calculated according to the surface area of the ground floor. Finally, it prevents rainwater from running off the façade, as each corbelled floor protects the floor below.
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