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Kandovan Stone Village Iran

Kandovan is located in the northern Iranian mountain-region near the cities Osku and Tabriz and is known for its unique rock-carved houses which date back more than 700 years. Iranian people dug hideouts in the giant volcanic cliffs all those years ago and have remained there until today. Since that time these houses have become […]

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Mongolian Yurt (“Ger”)

These nomadic circular homes known as yurts can be found in Mongolia and other Central Asian countries. In Mongolia, the “yurt” is called a “ger” and is a round tent supported by folding wooden walls and heavy felt outer coverings. The latticed walls support the long roof poles, which come together at the central ring. […]

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Normandy cottage

You can’t get much more French than this home in the Normandy countryside. The overall design is simple, featuring the strong, straight lines and neatly kept gardens that exemplify French style. Source: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1822391/list/Lay-of-the-Landscape–French-Garden-Style w=300 Technorati Tags: cottage, french, normandy, traditional

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Patriarchal Home Jerusalem

The architecture of the family home both today and in antiquity made provision for the occasional guest. The most common dwelling was the courtyard home which was multi-leveled. A lower room or cellar was used as a storeroom. In the hilly areas like Bethlehem, a cave adjacent to the courtyard might often be adapted for […]

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Irish Stone Cottage

Ah, the ould sod. How I miss these cute cosy little stone cottages. Irish houses traditionally are stone cottages with thatched  roofs and small windows (to minimise the amount of cold that gets through). Walking into an old Irish house you will find a large living area with a wide open fireplace against an end wall. […]

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Danish thatched house in Stege

Denmark’s “fairy tale” architecture is characterized by traditional small houses with small windows, low ceilings, straw roofs, and gardens with flowers and vegetables. Even the castles are small and more “cute” than “grandiose.” Family houses often have one floor, usually with a garden. Source: http://www.everyculture.com/Cr-Ga/Denmark.html#ixzz21Fz2AR2e Image source: Emanuele Leoni on http://www.panoramio.com/user/2592105

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16th century Czech houses within Prague Castle

Houses along Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka) in the complex of Prague Castle. These small houses were built for 24 marksmen and their families in limited space in 1597. All are made from stone, mud, and wood in the in Mannerism style of that era. Image source: http://www.jenniferlynking.com

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Croatian House in Zagorje Village

This wooden house in Zagorje village is typical of the traditional rural houses found in the area. Zagorje houses are mostly built of brick or stone and this house has a wine-cellar in the basement. Image source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/1857755

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Traditional Design of Bulgaria’s Kovachevitsa Village

In 1977 the village of Kovachevitsa was declared a historical and architectural reservation because of its typical architecture. The typical two-storey and three-storey houses with protruding upper floors were built in the 18th century. The premises in which animals were bred and food was stored were on the ground floor of the typical Kovachevitsa house. […]

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Exquisite Belgian Country Thatch

Thatch is without a doubt one my favourite traditional design styles. The Belgians do a lovely combination of thatch and tile, particularly on their farm houses, creating both a country and country-town feel. Image source: http://www.belgianpearls.blogspot.com.au

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