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Unique vernacular architecture from Nias Island, Indonesia; traditional houses (Omo Hada), villages, sculptures and stone works.
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

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

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

The roof of a Omo Zebua (Chiefs house) in a modern version of the traditional south Nias style. Historically traditional houses used thatched roofs, but today many traditional hosues use corrugates steel or other modern roogfing materials. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

The roof of a Omo Zebua (Chiefs house) in a modern version of the traditional south Nias style. Historically traditional houses used thatched roofs, but today many traditional hosues use corrugates steel or other modern roogfing materials. 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

A beautifully carved megalith in Lahusa Fau village.

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

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…

Barujulasar council house on Telo island (1922)

Barujulasar council house on Telo island

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…

Colorful facade of traditional house in Hilimaetaniha village, south Nias. The architectural details of Nias houses vary in different areas of Nias. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Colorful facade of traditional house in Hilimaetaniha village, south Nias. The architectural details of Nias houses vary in different areas of Nias. Photos 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

Colorfull facade of a traditional south nias house in Hilimondregeraya village. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Colorfull facade of a traditional south nias house in Hilimondregeraya village. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Island Nias, Indonesia

A traditional North Nias House.