Buried In Ash
The oldest known half-timbered building in the world is the House
of Opus Craticum in Herculanium that was buried by the erupting
Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. The name is quite misleading as “opus
craticum“ means 'partitioning made of reeds', so basically the
same as wattle and daub, which is merely a plastering technique
and not a structural element.
3,000 Km Of Timber Frames
Germany in particular are famous for their decorative panels (facher)
and timbers with figures and patterns that even have their own
meanings and symbolism. The beautiful gable of this half-timbered
building in Osnabruck to the right depicts the 4 elements - fire,
water, wind and earth.
There is an entire tourist route
through Germany called “Deutsche Fachwerkstraße“ (The German
Timber Frame Road) stretching all the way from the river Elbe in
the north to lake Bodensee in the south, a trip of about 3000 km. Tourists travelling this road will have the pleasure of experiencing a wide range of beautiful timber frame
structures divided into seven distinct regional styles.
World Heritage Timber Frames
The UNESCO listed town of Quedlinburg is one of the most prominent
timber framing sites on the German Timber Frame Road with over
1200 timber frame buildings, spanning at least 5 centuries of
German timber framing tradition in just one town.