Humans have valued warmth and comfort, either as spiritual concepts or something more practical. Everyone wants to have a place they can call home to come back to at any time, but almost every nation sees a “home” as something different. Unique shapes, rare materials, and interior decorations can tell a lot about homeowners.

Here are nine amazing traditional houses from different countries

1. Wigwam — North America

A wigwam is a cone-shaped hut with a hole for smoke quite often built by native Americans. The frame is made of curved, thin tree trunks and covered with bark, skins, or pieces of cloth. These dwellings were not intended for relocation but could be easily assembled and then built in a new place if necessary.

2. Palloza — Spain

Palloza is a type of traditional housing in Galicia (northwest of the Iberian Peninsula). A stone wall was laid around the wooden frame, leaving openings for doors and small windows. Then the whole thing was covered with a cone-shaped thatched roof. Palloza were used as housing in Galicia until the 1970s.

3. Kurin’ — Ukraine

Kurin’ (from the Ukrainian word for “smoke”) was the home of the Cossacks in the lower reaches of the Dnipro and Don rivers. The first Cossack settlements appeared in floodplains (river reed bushes) in the XVI century. These mostly temporary houses had walls made of mounds filled with earth and covered with clay; the roof was tiled with reed, and of course, there had to be a hole for smoke. Many features of these first Cossack dwellings can be seen in more modern huts all over Eastern Europe.

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