Erudite vaults by anonymous builders: The vaulted houses of Fuzeta (Portugal)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

1 Downloads (Pure)


The fishing village of Fuzeta, in southern Portugal, provides a remarkable and yet unique example of Mediterranean vernacular architecture. Although most of the buildings in the historical centre were built between the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, the underlying urbanism dates to the 17th century with the first fishermen settlements located on the seafront. The homogeneous architecture is particularly relevant because of the pervasive use of a typology of houses with terraces on brick vaults with different shapes and geometries – lowered barrel, sail and cloister – still preserved today. This paper characterizes, analyzes and compares the types of brick vaulted houses in Fuzeta. The conducted research indicates that these anonymous constructions were nourished by an erudite source, the church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, built at the same time and sharing builders and knowledge, blurring boundaries between vernacular and erudite.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory of construction cultures
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 7th International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH 2021)
EditorsJoão Mascarenhas-Mateus, Ana Paula Pires, Manuel Marques Caiado, Ivo Veiga
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781003173434
ISBN (Print)9781032002033, 9781032002668
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
EventSeventh International Congress on Construction History - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 12 Jul 202116 Jul 2021


ConferenceSeventh International Congress on Construction History
Abbreviated title7ICCH
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'Erudite vaults by anonymous builders: The vaulted houses of Fuzeta (Portugal)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this