2 Octagonal Houses of Nineteen Century Buryats

Octagonal Houses of Nineteen Century Buryats

Posted on March 29, 2014 by tim


The Buryats are people of Russia and Mongolia, numbered around 400,000 during the last census. They used to live in yurts – mobile round homes that could travel with them, and once they find a new place to stay, they set up in a matter of some hours. Usually the yurts were made of skins or felt and wooden planks. They might be in some way similar to native Indian teepees, but more rounded and larger. However, besides Nomadic Buryats there were ones that decided to stay in one chosen place for longer, and because of this they built more permanent houses. But the round form was probably still preferred, and they didn’t want to build more traditional square or rectangular shaped dwellings, so their dwellings got eight corners and looked somewhat similar to yurts.




The roofs were covered with soil and turf. You can click on the photos to get larger images.

I am not sure if there are any houses of this shape that are still inhabited, but the ones here date back to the nineteenth century and are abandoned. They are close to Baikal lake. 


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2 Responses to “Octagonal Houses of Nineteen Century Buryats”

  1. Kate Brady says:

    I bet these were gorgeous. I’ve seen modern houses in the shape of a yurt and they seem very comfortable.

  2. Leigh says:

    Still standing.. thats a testiment right there.

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