The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Tatar peasant homes in Derekoy

View of Crimean Tatar peasants's homes, which were often built into the sides of hills. A man and a small boy stand on a terrace looking into the distance. Demidov notes that the terrace is the most important part of the house because it serves many functions: it serves as a space where the family can make grain products, dried fruit goods, and clothing. It also serves as an observatory from which members of the family can look out on the town and surrounding area. Finally, it is the place from which the family can hear orders from local authorities.

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