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Everything In This Tiny Polish Village Is Covered In Colorful Flower Paintings

Many years ago in a tiny Polish village called Zalipie, someone found a soot mark caused by the stove on their ceiling. To cover it up, they painted a flower on top.

Ventilation in houses wasn’t great back then, and lots of people who used stoves found sooty marks in their homes, so more and more flowers were painted to cover them up. Now, Zalipie looks like this.


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What started as a way of brightening up the home has turned into a local tradition, and something of a legend.

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Eventually, everything in this little town was covered in flowers, from ceilings and furniture to bridges and wells.


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Every spring since 1948, the village has held a Painted Cottage Competition, or Malowana Chata.


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The original idea of the contest was to help Poland psychologically recover from the atrocities that the country suffered in World War II.


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Zalipie today, sitting just 90 minutes from Krakow, is one of the most beautiful villages in the world.


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And thousands of tourists flock to see the pretty painted houses every year.

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