Friday, March 31, 2017
A baserri is a traditional half-timbered or stone-built type of house/barn farmhouse found in the Basque Country in Northern Spain and Southwestern France.
The baserris, with their gently sloping roofs and entrance portals, are highly characteristic of the region and form a vital part in traditional Basque societal structures. They are also seen to have played an important role in protecting the Basque language in periods of persecution by providing the language with a very dispersed but substantial speaker base.
The term baserri is derived from the roots basa "wild" and herri "settlement" and denotes a farmstead not located in a village or town. People who live on a baserri are referred to as baserritarrak, a term which contrasts with kaletarrak (street people), i.e., people who live in a town or city.