Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Hruštín’s timbered houses

THE SOMEWHAT hostile environment of the Orava region was settled later than other parts of Slovakia and the site where the village of Hruštín now stands was covered by dense forests as late as the mid 16th century. It was not until after the forests had been cleared that people built the first settlements here.

THE SOMEWHAT hostile environment of the Orava region was settled later than other parts of Slovakia and the site where the village of Hruštín now stands was covered by dense forests as late as the mid 16th century. It was not until after the forests had been cleared that people built the first settlements here.

The very first mention of Hruštín comes from 1584 and it is likely that the first settlers were shepherds, as a notation from 1615 states that 700 sheep were bred here. Local people also engaged in importing salt from Poland and wine from southern regions. But Hruštín’s poverty made its residents wander far and wide to find work .

This 1920s postcard by famous photographer Karel Plicka shows that all the houses in the village were wooden, and this remained the case for decades more as wood was the cheapest and most widely available construction material.

Houses of timber were built everywhere in Orava, even in its bigger towns. But they differed from one another and those from Hruštín had their own specific style with a unique façade – more specifically, the area between the roof gable and the window.

Today, one can see a whole row of original timber cabins from Hruštín in the open-air Museum of Orava Village in Zuberec-Brestová. This open-air museum will fascinate anyone wanting to learn more about folk culture as its beautiful site at the foot of the Western Tatras includes buildings brought from all corners of the Orava region.


Top stories

LGBTI people in the regions: We change people’s minds

Bratislava will dress up in rainbow colours this August again, for the seventh time. This will be for the Bratislava Dúhový Pride diversity festival. But the colours of the rainbow are less bright in the regions,…

Slovakia’s LGBTI community seeks to expand their rights.

Things that make us different also make us stronger

On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.

Blog: 5 things you should do on your visit to the north of Slovakia Photo

Here is a list of tips by an experienced tour guide - including things you have probably not tried before.

Bratislava growing high Photo

High-rise buildings sprouting up in Bratislava

Visualisation of the future skyline of Bratislava