The magic of the painted village

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In the south of Poland there is a village that seems coming out from a storybook or a Walt Dysney’s film, a kind of magical movie set ….

The name of this village is Zalipie and its feature is probably unique in the world: the houses are painted with designs and decorations that make them fabulous!

Everything started over a hundred years ago when women who lived there began to paint both the external and internal walls of their own home, with a variety of colors that still brings joy just looking at them.

The walls of the houses were not painted in the traditional way, but you have to think that everything began to erase the effects of soot caused by the fires that were lit in eveery homes both for heating and for cooking.

Despite the passage to other cookers and heating systems of new generation which eliminated the problem of soot fires, the paint houses inside and outside has become a local tradition.

Real artistic competitions were also organized between the various Zalipie’s families, the protagonists of these competitions are always the women with their creativity.

In fact Felicja Curilowa’s home, a historical figure of the village, where she was born in 1904 and died in 1974, was transformed into a veritable museum in order to preserve the fruit of this timeless art. In reality, Zalipie is a “museum”, a magical “hidden”museum  into the green of southern Poland ….

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(All the photos are taken from Google.com, and all belong to their original owners)