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The Alpine regions of Europe have a wealth of wooden architecture both religious and lay: tere are some superb examples of wooden steepled churches of Maramures in Northern Transylvania and the churches of the Carpathian chains. Whole villages used to be made timber with intricately caarved window frames, doors, verandahs, pillars and posts, gates and fences, stable blocks. The roof were also covered in wooden slats called "sindrila" in Romania and the engineering solutions seemed to be the most inovative. Watermills and windmills entirely made of wood added to this rural landscape.
Byond the mountains in the wooded valleys and plains wood was also prevalent in the traditional buildings.
Stone was rarely used except for the foundation of the wooden superstructure.
In the low lands of Finland and the valleys of Norway wood also prevail and well into the modern times design architecture and furniture is made of wood.
In England, well before Elizabethan times when large timber started to become scarce some extraordinary wooden roofs crowned the cathedrals (and some of the smaller churches), being laid on stone walls. The roof of the main Hall of the Houses of Parlilament in London has one of the largest wooden rood spans comparable to that of Penshurst Place in Kent. The double-hammer beam, the "King's post" and the "Queen post" are typical English solutions of roof structures engineering.
Elesewhere clap board are used to protect the walls from the adverse effects of the weather - here wood is covered in paint.
One must not forget the traditional log cottages of the Russian and Ukrainian steppes and of Eastern Poland or the log cottages of Alpine Switzerlans, Northern Italy, or Eastern France.

Have you got any of these examples / do join and post and above all give your copmments and location of the building. This could represent a whole facade or a detail of it.

There are some NO-Nos:
NO half-timber houses
No mud huts with or withjout grass roofs

terracotta tiles and metal roofs are frowned upon.
Stone accepted when used in foundations or in the stone slabs accessing the building.
Wholly timber roofs are accepted although they may cover a stone structure.

Remeber the buildings have to be in EUROPE from the Atlantic to the Urals and from The Nord cap to the Caucasus and the Mediterranean including Turkey with its beautiful wooden paalces of the Marmara and the Bosphorus.

Without intending any offence pictures which will not comply with these limitations will be removed, no matter how good they may be in their own right.

Group Rules

1. wholly timber buildings only
2. stone/brick foundation accepted and stone steps
3. tile or metal roof tolerated but frowned upon
4. no half-timber
5. painted wood yes, but wood elevation covered in plaster No
6. detail of wood joints, roof, post carvings, wood frames and doors yes
7. yes to wood painted iconostasis of orthodox churches.
8. yes to frescos covering wood interiors or churches.
9. yes to wood screens of western cathedrals/churches
10. yes to wood hammer beams of churches, cathedrals and halls or wholly wood roofs/ceilings painted or otherwise
11. yes to wood fences/enclosures and wood gates, especially with carvings
12. No to pictures too distant to identify the construction material or too dark to see the same

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 7 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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