About Architecture – 19th century Megrelian “Sajalabo” House

This early 19th century Sajalabo house was dismantled piece by piece from its location in the village of Ontopo in Samegrelo region and rebuilt at the Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography (Georgian: გიორგი ჩიტაიას სახელობის ეთნოგრაფიული მუზეუმი ღია ცის ქვეშ) in Tbilisi.

19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

A typical Sajalabo house was a one-room windowless structure with an earthen floor and an open hearth in the middle. It was built from wooden boards cut with an axe.

Interior of a 19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

Interior of a 19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

This particular Sajalabo house was owned by the wealthy Davitaia family and was built by Dziku Davitaia.

Interior of a 19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

Interior of a 19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

The house is furnished with typical household items of the period.

Interior of a 19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

Interior of a 19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

The Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography contains around 70 traditional buildings that enable you to see the architecture of almost all of Georgia’s regions. Georgia About recommends a visit to this amazing museum!

Photos courtesy of Georgian National Museum.

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2 Responses to “About Architecture – 19th century Megrelian “Sajalabo” House”
  1. AnotherDish says:

    This is really beautiful and fascinating (as with everything on your blog). Thank you for sharing Georgian culture!

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