Xploring Hungary Video: Treasures Of Őrség - ‘Guardsmen’s Land’

  • 11 Mar 2021 2:19 PM
Xploring Hungary Video: Treasures Of Őrség - ‘Guardsmen’s Land’
‘Õrség’area (Guardsmen’s Land), the former frontier is the only region in Hungary today which has been continuously inhabited by the same people since the time of ‘Honfoglalás’ (Conquest of the fatherland), time of the occupation of the Carpathian Basin by the Magyars in the 9th century.

The vast, once nearly uninhabited woodland was the home of border guards.

Within the ‘Õrség’ area, the village of Szalafõ and its environment is not only a nature reserve but also the structure of its settlement is under protection. The village consists of seven groups of houses. These groups of houses are situated on hilltops and named generally ‘szer’. But each ‘szer’ has its own denomination.

The purpose of the museum in ‘Pityerszer’ ( pityer = skylark) is to demonstrate and preserve this peculiar village structure and wooden architecture.

It represents the area’s most ancient type of houses, the so called ‘open- fire house’. It has got only one huge living space with an opened stove (there’s no chimney at all).

This is the most significant building of the museum. The last remaining ‘kerített ház'(fenced house), a U-shaped building can be seen at its original place. It is the last representative of a type of architecture which used to be very common in the hilly western part of the country.

This house also was a fenced type too. But with the decline of cow trade in the mid-18th century, the stable was pulled down in the1870’s. The real curiosity of this household is the two-storeyed building behind the house. This ‘kástu’ (a kind of ‘store-house’) is a unique building being the one and only in the country.

Further information: Tourinform Őrség
Tel: 94/548-034
Email: tourinform.orseg@gmail.com
Website: www.orseg.info

 Source: It's Hungarian - republished with permission

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