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Unique vernacular architecture from Nias Island, Indonesia; traditional houses (Omo Hada), villages, sculptures and stone works.
A Traditional house in remote Fulölö village. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

A Traditional house in remote Fulölö village. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Humene sihene'asi is the most traditional village in North Nias Regency. It has many Rumah Adat (traditional houses) and people still know how to built and maintain Nias architecture. This location is fairly remote and receives next to no outside visitors. Tugala Oyo sub-district, North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Humene sihene'asi is the most traditional village in North Nias Regency. It has many Rumah Adat (traditional houses) and people still know how to built and maintain Nias architecture. This location is fairly remote and receives next to no outside visitors. Tugala Oyo sub-district, North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Traditional House Nias with Earthquake Resistant - The Fact Of Indonesia

Traditional House Nias with Earthquake Resistant - The Fact Of Indonesia

Island Nias, Indonesia

Island Nias, Indonesia

A beautifully carved megalith in Lahusa Fau village. Nias Island, North Sumatra #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

A beautifully carved megalith in Lahusa Fau village. Nias Island, North Sumatra #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Traditional house in Te'olo village in remote Tugala Oyo sub-district. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Traditional house in Te'olo village in remote Tugala Oyo sub-district. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Traditional house in south Nias. Most of the houses in the south are built close together for defensive purposes. This is an unusual exception. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Traditional house in south Nias. Most of the houses in the south are built close together for defensive purposes. This is an unusual exception. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

House of the chief of Bawomataluo | Nias, Indonesia | The omo sebua, the chief's house, is really a giant (sebua) version of the other villagers' houses, omo hada. These gigantic buildings, which used to be numerous, are certainly the most elaborate form of the architecture of South Indonesia. Today, only four examples are still extant. The house of the chief of Bawomataluo was completed in 1878 and is the most impressive construction on the entire Island of Nias.

House of the chief of Bawomataluo | Nias, Indonesia | The omo sebua, the chief's house, is really a giant (sebua) version of the other villagers' houses, omo hada. These gigantic buildings, which used to be numerous, are certainly the most elaborate form of the architecture of South Indonesia. Today, only four examples are still extant. The house of the chief of Bawomataluo was completed in 1878 and is the most impressive construction on the entire Island of Nias.

A 'Lazara' head in Bawömataluo village in South Nias. This is a mythological beast often used in Nias design. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

A 'Lazara' head in Bawömataluo village in South Nias. This is a mythological beast often used in Nias design. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Stone statue in Bawömataluo village, south Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Stone statue in Bawömataluo village, south Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Perfect vantage point of the street from the second level of a south nias traditional house (omo hada). Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Perfect vantage point of the street from the second level of a south nias traditional house (omo hada). Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

The Guardian at the entrance to Hilinamö Zaoa village in south Nias. Most Nias villages were built on the top of hills for defensive purposes and often had steep stairs or ladders leading up to the. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

The Guardian at the entrance to Hilinamö Zaoa village in south Nias. Most Nias villages were built on the top of hills for defensive purposes and often had steep stairs or ladders leading up to the. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Ornate symbolic carvings one the Chiefs stone chair in Hilimondregeraya village, South Nias. This is one of the villages with best preserved architecture on Nias Island #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Ornate symbolic carvings one the Chiefs stone chair in Hilimondregeraya village, South Nias. This is one of the villages with best preserved architecture on Nias Island #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

In the south of Nias there are several villages where traditional architecture is kept alive. One of the largest and most accesible villages are Bawömataluo in the south of Nias Island, North Sumatra. #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

In the south of Nias there are several villages where traditional architecture is kept alive. One of the largest and most accesible villages are Bawömataluo in the south of Nias Island, North Sumatra. #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Street scene in Hilinawalö Fau village, north of Teluk Dalam in South Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Street scene in Hilinawalö Fau village, north of Teluk Dalam in South Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Chiefs house (Omo Zebua) in Hilimondregeraya village, South Nias. This is one of the villages with best preserved architecture on Nias Island #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson.  www.visitniasisland.com

Chiefs house (Omo Zebua) in Hilimondregeraya village, South Nias. This is one of the villages with best preserved architecture on Nias Island #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com