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Half-timbered houses from the Renaissance
The half-timbered houses of the historic center of Honfleur are numerous and bear witness to traditional Norman architecture. They consist of an oak frame and straw, lime, and earth filling that stiffens the walls. Initiated in the Middle Ages, many have disappeared in fires. Those of the Renaissance remain and are sometimes equipped with a corbelling. It allowed adding stages and increasing the living area. The ground floor was sometimes made of stones.
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