History&culture

Spiritual retreat

Work began on what was originally a hotel and is today a spiritual retreat (known, somewhat familiarly, as the "Logar Sisters' Hotel") in the mid-1930's, and it was opened in 1938.

When it was still a hotel it became a popular excursion spot, and even a kind of symbol of the Logarska Dolina Valley. This rather interesting three-storied building is bedecked by three timber balconies with carved balustrades.

Source: Krajinski park Logarska dolina

The Chapel of Christ the King

The renowned Slovene architect Jože Plečnik drew up designs for this chapel in 1930 on the initiative of local farmers and a certain Dr. Šuman. It was intended that it should act as a small church, dedicated to the memory of Dr. Šuman's son, in which services would be held. However, Plecnik's plans were never realized; the present chapel is the work of architect Martin Golob.

Source: Krajinski park Logarska dolina

Wooden Granaries

The wooden granaries or “kašte” are part of the rich heritage not only of the Logar Valley but also of the Solčavsko region as well as the Savinja Valley. They constituted an integral part of agricultural holdings, as they were used to store foodstuffs, especially grain. Some of them are still used for their primary function. In the Logar Valley, you can see and admire the granary at the entrance to the Logar Valley, the granary at the Logar farm and the granary in which the Logar Valley TIC has set up its premises (a relocated original granary with a redesigned interior).

Source: Krajinski park Logarska dolina

Charcoal Burning

In the 19th century, charcoal burning was widely practiced in the Logar Valley. It was used by the locals at smithies and was also exported elsewhere, mostly to Bad Eisenkappel. Charcoal burning changed the appearance of the valley, as a lot of beech trees in the natural forests were cut down.

In commemoration of those times, a charcoal-burner’s hut has been erected by the Trail through the Logar Valley above the Mountaineers’ Hut. Each year, a charcoal burner sets up a charcoal pile out of beech logs, covers it with pine branches and dirt, lights a fire inside it and burns charcoal while carefully regulating the airflow.

Source: Krajinski park Logarska dolina

Woodcutter’s Hut

By the Trail through the Logar Valley, there is a woodcutter’s hut and beside it a wooden wood chute. In their vicinity, attentive observers can spot mule deer, and in the hut, they can experience the pleasant crackling of the fire burning in the open fireplace and the stories of the hard lives led by the forest workers.

 

Day after day, the foresters got up at dawn to work in the distant forests. Hard work using axes and handsaws, sleeping in bunk beds covered with bracken or leaves and simple food were constant companions for the foresters during the cutting and storing of wood. Wood was transported from the distant forests down into the valleys using wooden chutes, mostly during the winter. During spring, when the water levels were high due to the melting snow, they were floated down the Savinja to the sawmills. Once the wood had been cut, it was used to make rafts, which were then floated down the river.

Source: Krajinski park Logarska dolina

Logarski kot Herdsman’s Hut

This house, where herdsmen from the Logar family would make cheese during the summer months whilst tending their cattle in the high pastures, is tucked away in a corner of the Logarska Dolina Valley. Built around 1930, it is one of the few wooden buildings in the area to have preserved its original appearance.

The house, constructed from pine logs, testifies to the stock-breading and dairying which once proliferated in this valley. The house no longer serves its original purpose; today it has become the Logarski Kot guest house where one can be served the very tasty home-made food. In summer also the pastures under the Planjava ridge come to life.

Source: Krajinski park Logarska dolina

Fun fact: The Podbrežnik chapel - This chapel, situated on the Podbrežnik farm at the lower end of the Logarska Dolina Valley, has been colourfully painted almost in its entirety, both inside and out, by an unknown folk artist.

It is a good example of the type of chapel that farmers in the Solčava District once built near their homes and, because of its ethnographic value and interest, has been proclaimed a cultural monument.

Source: Krajinski park Logarska dolina

 

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