Koroška's Typical Architectural Features
Five old preserved farmhouses, resembling a hamlet,
have been shaping the typical cultural landscape for centuries, with each
having a typical settlement pattern of a solitary farm. These are the Burjak,
Florin, Kordež, Fajmut, and Končnik farmhouses. All the farmhouses and
granaries are characterised by extraordinary architectural features.
The farmhouses are recognised by the traditional wood
and stone construction, as well as their shingle roofs (called "šitl"
or "šikl"). The farmhouses are typical examples of rural alpine
architecture, with traces of an older type of smoke room, which had been
prevalent in this area from the 16th until the 19th century, when houses with
open-hearth kitchens, or "black kitchens" started replacing them.