Located in the Žilina district of Slovakia, Čičmany is the first folk architecture reserve in the world. With timbered houses decorated with specific white patterns, Čičmany’s residents primarily painted the intricate patterns to protect the logs from the rays of the sun. The ornamentation also makes an appearance in local textiles and paintings. The artists are primarily women who plaster the homes and paint these patterns. For travellers making their way to Slovakia, this reserve is a must-visit.