The Village Museum is one of the first ethnographic museums in the world and the second open-air ethnographic museum in the world, after the one in Stockholm. Aiming to provide a clear image about the peasant life, of their inventive spirit and their remarcable artistic sense, this museum tries to reconstruct in a generous landscape the intimate atmosphere of every home and it succeed by bringing around every household: the barns, the stables and the other outbuildings, fences made of wood, twings or mud, modest or imposing gates, interiors with specific furniture, work tools, dishes, carpets and other fabrics. Located in a wonderfull green area, on the shore of Herastrau Lake, the museum brings together approximately 300 units (houses, annexes, workshops and churches). From Moldavia were brought 10 households, including a house from Streja, dating from 1760. Among the households from Dobrogea you'll find a house from Ostrov with it's porch supported by beautiful ornamental pillars. Muntenia folk architecture is illustrated by the beautiful household from Chiojdu Village, made from boulders and with a turret with carved pillars and railing made of fretted board. From Oltenia were brought two archaic homes, the huts from Draghiceni and Castranova. Transilvania offers a variety of constructions: the house from Salciua, with an enormous straw roof and a modest house made by wattle plastered with clay from Dumitra, with rich exterior ornaments. From the techical installations located in the museum I mention: a windmill from Dobrogea and Horezu pottery barn.
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