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Kozolec – A Hayrack

Storing hay was one of the most important tasks a farmer had to do if he wanted to have enough food for his animals during the cold and snowy winter. Similar methods are unique to Slovenia, although they can be found all over the world.

Outside the city, in the countryside, you will soon notice interesting, freestanding, vertical, wooden, open and covered structures in the middle of fields. They look like a trestle, which is how they got their name: koza, or trestle in Slovenian.

Between the vertical posts (which are usually made of wood, but can also be made of concrete) are horizontal chestnut beams. Farmers used to pile hay on these beams to dry.

When the hay was dry, they would take it back to their homes and store it in a barn or a double hay loft – TOPLAR (from the German word DOPPLER).

The photos were taken in the village of Podblica.






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