Many different ways that people do to beautify their homes. One of them is done by one of the villages in Poland by painting almost all parts of their homes with flowers and the results are extraordinarily beautiful.
There is a village called Zalipie in the southeast of Poland which looks like a fairy tale brought to real life. It’s thanks to the colorful paintings of flowers which seem to be literally everywhere you look.
It all started in the 19th-century with the implementation of chimneys into houses. Before that, the smoke was supposed to come out through a hole in the ceiling, but instead was coming into the rooms, covering the walls with soot, so those often had to be whitened with lime. Chimneys helped white surfaces to remain white, so people decided to use those white walls as a canvas for flower paintings. And at some point, this flower painting spiraled out of control and engulfed the whole village, which even had the Painted Cottage Competition (Malowana Chata in Polish).
Eventually, everything in town was covered in flowers, from houses and barns to bridges and churches, and every spring since 1948 the village has held a Painted Cottage Competition or Malowana Chata. The original purpose of this contest was part of a movement to help Poland psychologically recover from the atrocities that the country suffered in World War II.
Now the painting is done and the whole village stands as an inhabited gallery, which celebrates color and nature’s beauty daily.
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