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Icehouses were buildings used to store snow and ice for use in warmer months.

During the winter they would be stocked from frozen lakes and ponds, and often packed in straw as insulation. The only other method for aquiring ice prior to the invention of refrigeration was to have it gathered from mountain tops during the warmer months. Regardless of the method used to gather ice, it was quite expensive to purchase ice during warmer periods, especially near the equator.

The Royal Icehouse of Charis was located in the Imperial Palace in Tellesberg. (HFAF)