The Pazo is a type of Galician traditional housing. Similar to a manor house, pazos are usually located in the countryside, as former residences of important people in the community (formerly of kings and nobility). They were of crucial importance in the 17th to 19th centuries, related to rural and monastic architecture and the system of feudal organization, as these constituted a kind of local management unit around which passed the life of the villagers. Over time the brand was becoming social and refuge of the noble class, which portrays in his novels Otero Pedrayo in early 20th century.
The pazo as traditional civil architectural structure is associated a social network: the servants of the nobleman and the tributaries of the charters, which themselves come to live in the same recint (mostly the first). Usually consist of a main building surrounded by gardens, a dovecote and often include outbuildings such as small chapels for religious celebrations.
The word pazo is a cognate of stately palace, and comes from the Latin palatiu(m). As a curiosity, the Portuguese word, close to the Galician language, to say palace is paço (instead of palácio). In this regard, the Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro, built in the 18th century, is an example of the Portuguese counterpart of this type of building.