|the roof-top view out of our dining room window|
|older, "leg-mold" tiles. Note that they are connected with wires.|
|tiles (well, these are actually bricks, but it's the same concept) set out to dry|
|the kiln for complete drying and hardening|
|a close-up of the file with a handy dandy blower to help keep the wood burning well|
|newer, manufactured flat tiles|
And often, one sees aluminum “tiles” – the cheaper way to go.
On some of the roofs, you can see a cross at the center of the peak, and some of the crosses are quite ornate, with others unadorned. We have heard two variations on the meaning of this cross. One tour guide indicated that the cross was Incan and was meant to connect the lower earth with the earth and the sky. Another tour guide said that the cross was Christian, and that if you didn’t have a cross, the Spanish priest would come to the house. Who knows. . . . Perhaps both viewpoints are right.
One other noticeable rooftop “adornment” is the blue water tanks providing “pure” water for the inhabitants.