Pamiri House – Garm Chashma, Tajikistan

Pamiri House - Garm Chashma, Tajikistan
© October 11 2007, Uncornered Market

Although it doesn’t look like too much from the outside, the inside of a Pamiri house is really unique and is loaded with symbolism. Outfitted in wood, traditional Pamiri houses feature five pillars (representing the five main prophets and pillars of Islam), 13 roof beams representing the seven imams and six prophets of Ismailism, and a lone skylight formed from four concentric squares representing the elements (earth, fire, air, and water). Taken in Garm Chashma, Tajikistan.

Read about our adventures in the Pamirs.