Ethnological and museum collections

Breginj Museum

Breginj Museum, a complex of two-story stone houses intertwined with corridors, is an architectural and ethnological monument.
Before the great 1976 earthquake Breginj was a precious, living memorial to the unique architecture of Beneška Slovenija.
The circular streets and the stone houses with their roofed galleries (known as »ganki«), connected to their stables and barns, stood in oval clusters. They were a witness to the remarkable cultural landscape and heritage of these parts.
Now, the sole remnant of the original layout is the old village centre with its museum and the St. Nicholas church and rectory; they are classified as national cultural monuments.

Fun fact: A smoke kitchen This type of smoke kitchen, with a low, freestanding Mediterranean-style hearth and the associated equipment, is today a rarity in Slovenia, although it was once quite common in western and southwestern Slovenia, Istria and Bela Krajina (White Carniola).

Robidišče

Robidišče - a smoke kitchen
This type of smoke kitchen is today a rarity in Slovenia.
The westernmost Slovenian village Robidišče lies surrounded by pastures on a remote little plateau 650 metres above sea level. The transition between the Mediterranean and the Subalpine cultural areas is most evident from the appearance of the villages, with their Venetian-Slovenian architectural style.
Homestead number 14:
More than 300 years old, Vančeva Hiša (Vanč’s house) has an almost perfectly preserved interior, a characteristic floor plan and a low hearth kitchen.
This type of smoke kitchen, with a low, freestanding Mediterranean-style hearth and the associated equipment, is today a rarity in Slovenia, although it was once quite common in western and southwestern Slovenia, Istria and Bela Krajina (White Carniola).



Napoleon’s bridge across the River Nadiža

Its uniqueness and technical accomplishment make it a precious architectural monument and a memorial to times past.
The stone bridge crossing the Nadiža gorge dates to around 1812 and stands mute testament to the routes crossing the area since at least the time of Ancient Rome.
The bridge used to form part of the ancient route from Pradol and Robidišče along the Nadiža river.
According to folk memory the current bridge was constructed by a builder from the village of Čenebola in western Beneška Slovenija. It was built at the time of the French emperor’s conquests, hence its name. Its uniqueness and technical accomplishment make it a precious architectural monument and a memorial to times past. ( photo: Srđjan Živulović - Bobo )

 

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