20 November 2016

AUDIA, Neamț County, XIXth Century

Audia village is located on the Bistrița Valley, in the vicinity of Ceahlău massif, on the edge of the accumulation lake of the Bicaz hydroelectric power station, in an area best described as picturesque. Residents of Audia village were predominantly animal farmers and forest workers. The dwelling (dating back to the turn of the XIXth century) is surrounded by a fence made out of fir wood dowels encompassing the house and the big hay stable, both constructions having been brought to the museum in the year 1957. The house itself is built with fir tree beams notched together „sheepfold” style, pasted with clay and painted with whitewash. The house is surrounded by a four-cornered porch with simple decorated pillars. The original and distinctive element of the house is a small veranda with a fretted balustrade, situated on the left side of the house, over neath the vaulted cellar made of rough stone with no binding. The shingles atop the hipped roof are laced with „see-saw teeth” shapes, beautiful details which make the building stand out.
The house plan features a vestibule and four rooms, two of which are living quarters, situated on each side of the vestibule, the „big room”, with a hearth, chimney, oven and sleeping area, and the „little room”, with a cooking stove; also, on the backside of the house, the house plan features two pantries. The interior welcomes the visitor with a harmonious display of period objects. The living quarters come to life with the colorful fabrics with stylized geometric and floral patterns (wall hung woolen carpets, rugs and tapestries cover the benches and beds). Objects and tools in the vestibule, pantry or living areas – objects such as chests, festival garments, cheese pattern tools, distaffs etc., stand as a reflection of the ingenuity and talent of artisans that created them and the occupations of inhabitants that resided in this ethnographical area.