Thanks to wikipedia and google translate : “The cake is a closed eaves (the underside of eaves) formed of several rows (one to four) tile-channel cantilever on the wall. The role of the cake is a move away from the runoff of the facade as a cornice, and secondly to support the pan and continue to slope roof.”

“Génoise”  roof/recipe is from Genova, Italia,  appears in south of France in the XVII  century, it was a wall protection, a way of avoiding birds/wind in the roof,  and until Bastille Day (14 july 1789)  a social status symbol:  only one line for poor people, four and more for the rich ones.


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