pictures (April 2021) courtesy of
Marcus Obst from his website
September 17, 2021
September 10, 2021
this picture and the next five courtesy of
Sophie Lepetit, from her weblog
In 1921 the village was hit by a major fire. Many houses had to be repaired.
In 1977 a government decision was made to the effect that the decorated houses and buildings were designated as cultural heritage.
In this way 136 houses and buildings got a protected status and became part of the world's first folk architecture reserve.
In Čičmany two houses, which also function as a museum, can be visited.
The Radenov house, one of the best preserved houses, has a general exhibition. It's open all year.
The other one is the neighboring Gregorov house, which has an ethnographic exhibition on history and folklore of Čičmany and its surroundings.
The decorations that appear on the houses in Čičmany are quite original.
They can be seen in embroidery in costumes worn by residents, but also in images on tablecloths and other forms of textiles.
Inhabitants of the village focused for a while on making handkerchiefs decorated with motifs such as on the houses, later they also started making felt boots, with applications based on these motifs.
September 02, 2021
this photo and the next three (2004) by photographer Alan Hyza
|picture by Pavel Konečný|
August 29, 2021
Vangelis Vlepakis, Διακοσμημένες πέτρινες κατασκευές στον Κεφαλά / Decorated stone structures in Kefalas
|the Monument of Kefalas|
this picture and the next five
courtesy of Laura Piri from her weblog
Who is Vangelis?
The internet has just a few sources about these art environments and the non-professional artist who created them in general is just referred to as Vangelis. There is one source (on a geocaching website) which mentions a more complete name, which is Vangelis Vlepakis (O Erimitis). In this post the designation Vangelis will be used.
Born in Kefalas, in his younger years Vangelis lived for ten years in a cave by the sea, which he had furnished as living quarters with his own hands. He then lived and worked in Athens and returned to Kefalas around 1990.
Vangelis then began making creations from locally available natural stones and after a visit to Barcelona, where he saw Gaudi's work, he started decorating his own creations with all kinds of colorful elements
Vangelis is the curator of a museum located in the center of Kefala named Politistiki Estia Kefala (Kefala Cultural Center).
The Monumento Kefalas
This creation by Vangelis is located just outside the built-up area of Kefalas, along the road to Vamos. Texts on the structure welcome visitors to Kefalas, and because many tourists drive along this road, the Monument is relatively well known and many photos are taken.
The art environment includes a number of more or less triangular vertical stone structures, resembling facades of small chapels. These facades are provided with recesses in which smaller decorations can find a place.
|this image and the next one screenprints|
from the video in the documentation
|this image and the next one by Kreizweh from|
the website Geocaching (see documentation)
August 22, 2021
Sergey Tokarev, Музей самодельных деревянных лодок и других деревянных творений / Museum of homemade wooden boats and other wooden creations
|this image and the next one by "Titz of the Vologda region|
as on Facebook (August 2020)
|this image and the next ones by Misha Besfomilny |
as on Facebook (June 28, 2021)
|Tokarev welcomes visitors|
Tokarev, who introduces himself as the jetty commander, actively informs both the youngest and the adult visitors to all things boating, both small log boats and larger models, as can be seen in the images above and below.
He manages to create a festive atmosphere, fluttering with flags. It is also a special moment when one of the visitors is asked to fire a joy shot from an old cannon.
An organized visit with guided tour and explanation, and in between all kinds of assignments and activities, lasts about three hours and most visitors experience the atmosphere and the program as very pleasant and informative.
In the Vologda region, an annual competition in the manufacture of wooden boats takes place in the Ulst-Kubensky district. Sergey Tokarev has been participating in this competition since 2005, and in 2009 he won the first prize.
Village of Galinskoye (near Kirillov), region Vologda, Russia
August 17, 2021
|pictures (2018) courtesy of Sophie Lepetit,|
from her weblog