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Kozolec, Traditional wooden architecture

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Kozolec, Traditional wooden architecture

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Corridor: Diagonal Road
Country: Slovenia, Ljubno ob Savini, Sava region
Type: Vernacular Architecture
Epoch: 20th Century
Theme: Vernacular Architecture
World Heritage:
20th CenturyVernacular ArchitectureVernacular Architecture

Old granaries where the predecessors of today's owners stored food can be seen in many villages like Primoz, Podter, Juvanje, Radmirje. The kozolec, a rack for drying hay and other field crops, is scattered across Slovenia. The Slovene double kozolec or toplar is a unique structure that draws attention with its original construction. Although they were depicted for the first time in the 17th century, their origin is much older. Beekeeping has been an occupation in Slovenia for more than 600 years. In the last century, swarms of Carniolian bees were exported widely across Europe as well as to other continents. In addition to its well-known breed of bees, beehive panels decorated with religious, historical, and, most frequently, humorous folk paintings are a special feature of original Slovene beekeeping. At least 50,000 examples and more than 600 various motifs from the middle of the 18th century and into the 19th century have been preserved that represent a genuine gallery of folk art and popular perceptions of the world.

Slovenian Tourist Board