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Restored and protected salaš from 1799 in Bački Petrovac, Vojvodina
Special "sun-decorated" salaš in Vojvodina, Serbia
Model of a salaš in the Kikinda Museum, Vojvodina, Serbia

Salaš (in Serbo-Croatian, Czech and Slovak, from Hungarian szállás meaning "house, accommodation"[1]) is a traditional type of farm in the Pannonian Plain region, particularly in Bacska and Slavonia. A salaš is typically remote from a town or village. It consists of a family house, agricultural objects such as barn, stable and granary, surrounded by arable land and pastures.[2] They were owned and inhabited by a single family, who lived there for generations.

The once very numerous "mudhuts" on the plains of central Europe were built from locally found materials: the walls were raised from beaten mud, or mud-and-hay bricks dried in the sun. The roof was usually from dried reed, assembled together in traditional craftsmanship. Today, salaš becomes part of folklore to be shown to tourists, together with traditional foods and beverages, customs, farm life, tamburica music, etc.

In Slovak culture, salaše were remote encampments for shepherds, and eventually came to denote small countryside restaurants established in such houses, providing sheep products and traditional home meals such as bryndzové halušky.[3]

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  1. ^ Hrvatski jezični portal Salaš
  2. ^ Collectif; Dominique Auzias; Jean-Paul Labourdette (15 March 2012), Serbie 2012-2013 (in French), Petit Futé, pp. 172–, ISBN 978-2-7469-5324-6
  3. ^ Lisa Dunford; Brett Atkinson; Neil Wilson (2007), Czech & Slovak Republics, Lonely Planet, pp. 70–, ISBN 978-1-74104-300-6