Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland



CountrySweden
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
CoordinatesN61 42 26 E16 11 45
Inscription Date2012
Property (ha)15
Buffer Zone (ha)537
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; land-use; or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures); or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change
Unesco Reference Number1282
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1282
DescriptionSeven timber houses are listed in this site located in the east of Sweden, representing the zenith of a regional timber building tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. They reflect the prosperity of independent farmers who in the 19th century used their wealth to build substantial new homes with elaborately decorated ancillary houses or suites of rooms reserved for festivities. The paintings represent a fusion of folk art with the styles favoured by the landed gentry of the time, including Baroque and Rococo. Decorated by painters, including known and unknown itinerant artists, the listed properties represent the final flowering of a long cultural tradition.
StatusWorld Heritage Site