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Sandstone and Renaissance
During the Renaissance, Riquewihr's half-timbered houses underwent modifications with the gradual disappearance of the corbels that encumbered the streets. Until then, the stone was reserved for the ground floor to build a wine cellar. It started being used to replace the wooden corner posts and surround the windows. The houses were also renovated with Italian decorations, such as columns, capitals, and worked cornices. Most facades were dark red and were repainted during the village festival.
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