Once upon a time, in a small Polish village called Zalipie, somebody painted a flower on their ceiling in order to cover up a soot mark caused by the stove. Ventilation was poor back then, and soot stains were a common sight in most if not all of the houses, and so other people started concealing the marks with their own little flowers until every house was covered in them.

Eventually everything in town was covered in flowers, from houses and barns to bridges and churches, and every spring since 1948 the village has held a Painted Cottage Competition, or Malowana Chata. The original purpose of this contest was part of a movement to help Poland psychologically recover from the atrocities that the country suffered in World War II.

Today Zalipie is a far cry from those dark times. Situated in the southeast of Poland just 90 minutes from Krakow, this beautifully bright and colorful village is the perfect location for anybody looking for a unique and memorable day trip. (h/t: mentalfloss)

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House of Painters in Zalipie Report

Emre
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4 years ago

Why didn't you paint the dog?

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yulia missy
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4 years ago

Beautiful

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Charity Adams
Community Member
4 years ago

This is marvelous!

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Poland Report

Mariusz Sobolak
Community Member
4 years ago

Wonderful!!!!!

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 years ago

Poor thing, it's not in a very good shape :(

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Juana
Community Member
4 years ago

Monet would be pleased.

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

Just to think a whole city like this now of days would be beautiful ,more people just might be a little happier than what they are it just makes you feel really good inside at least I do .;;=]]]

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Christine Baker
Community Member
4 years ago

I love the flower arrangement

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Ayanami Faerudo
Community Member
4 years ago

I like to imagine this as Zeniba's cottage from Howl's Moving Castle.

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#10

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Ania Dudziak-Michalska
Community Member
4 years ago

So cute !

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Bobbi Newell
Community Member
4 years ago

Love just the white on the old wood!

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Emre
Community Member
4 years ago

I like decoration but this seem crowded and tiring to me

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

WOW wish my stove looked like this . This is so beautiful words are not enough LOVE IT ;=]]

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful ;=]]

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Herbert Nenenger
Community Member
4 years ago

And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

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Monika Firmanty
Community Member
4 years ago

,,wystawa,, means exposition

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Benny Lava
Community Member
4 years ago

From his expression I can tell he's a male dog.

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Sonali Dahiwile
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful..

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Reminiscent of warli paintings of Indian tribals.

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Love the bucket!

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Judy Downey
Community Member
4 years ago

Love it!

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#24

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Judy Downey
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful turkey!

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

Look at all the baby ducks & chicks they are so cute ;=]]

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Lea Opitz
Community Member
4 years ago

oh i like this one!!!!!!!!

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#27

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Glenna Wheatley
Community Member
4 years ago

Awesome floral "clock". Every town should have a floral sundial.

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Judy Downey
Community Member
4 years ago

How adorable!

#30

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Susann Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

Someone sat to long and wore off the flower paint on this bench.

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#31

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Susann Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

Okay honey , next winter we paint the flowers on the arch door way.

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

Bunnies lots of bunnies . Just wish I could do all of this still love the white on black still looks great all over the houses ;=]]

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Judy Downey
Community Member
4 years ago

makes the horse happy

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

Now that is a doggie door to the barn ;=]]

#35

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Lea Opitz
Community Member
4 years ago

Even the floor is gorgeous!

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

OK I really do think I could do this start with the back yard gate then more ;=]]

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Susann Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

Even the Angels got involved. Sweet.

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

Brown looks great on the house ;=]]

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

This is beautiful looks like the garden is doing good . This place is huge I really wish I a place like this ;=]]

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#42

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

The flowers are so bold in color ;=]]

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

Love the colors they use ;=]]

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

WOW AWESOME WORK ;=]]

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rustic raven
Community Member
4 years ago

Love how most of the places are alike but still different .Like how they mix there colors ;=]]