Cultural sights

Divaški prag

The rich archaeological sites

The caves and the area around them were already inhabited in prehistoric times, and Škocjan was at one time an imposing stronghold, with graves having been found nearby, and numerous finds bear witness to sacrifices and cult rituals performed by pilgrims above the caves in the Bronze Age.

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Jurjeva domačija homestead


At the Jurjeva domačija homestead you can learn about the history of cave discovery and view a rich archaeological collection.

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The Airfield of Divača

Not far from Divača, in the middle of the grassy Ležeški Gabrk under Vremščica, lies one of Slovenia’s oldest airfields, which is still operational. It was laid out during the First World War for the needs of the Austro-Hungarian Air Force, which tested new aircraft here for the conflict on the Soča (Isonzo) Front.

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The steam locomotive engine in Divača

Divača is today the biggest settlement and seat of the municipality. In the 16th century it was just a hamlet of sheep farmers, but with the development of transport running from the port of Trieste to the interior, it gained importance, expanded and developed. The local wagoners who carted goods along the roads in both directions, stopped at the growing number of inns.

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The renovated barn J’kopinov skedenj

At Škocjan there is an ethnological collection on display in the renovated barn J’kopinov skedenj.

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The ice-pit at Kačiče

Those more technically-minded can visit the ice-pit at Kačiče, the biggest one in the Karst. At one time the locals would cut blocks of ice out of pools and village ponds, and place them in walled and covered sinkholes, where the ice remained frozen until summer, when it was used to supply inns, butchers, fishmongers and ships in nearby Trieste.

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The chapel of St. Helen in Gradišče

For art lovers this comes in the form of a visit to the humble little rural chapel of St. Helen in Gradišče, which is anything but humble in the interior, with its late 15th century frescoes depicting the journey and adoration of the Magi. In period and style these frescoes can be compared with those in Hrastovlje.

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Villages in the Škocjan caves regional park

The most prominent position, high above the Reka sinkhole, belongs to the village of Škocjan, with its famous church of St. Kancijan (Canziano). Close by there are also the villages of Betanja and Matavun, the location of the park reception centre.

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Postcards of Divača

Divača on postcards in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Škrateljnova domačija homestead

The original centre of Divača developed along the old road, and from afar the visitor’s gaze is drawn to the Baroque church of St. Anthony and its ornate pilastered entrance.

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Senožeče valleys

The defensive tower in Dolenja vas

Dolenja vas can be seen from afar owing to its church tower.

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The castle hill in Senožeče

The landscape takes its name from the largest settlement here, Senožeče. Since throughout history, major routes have led through here from the coast to the interior, the town, mentioned back in the 12th century, quickly developed, especially through the wagon hauling trade.

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The Adria brewery

The Senožeče’s glory was revived in the second half of the 19th century only by the Adria brewery, one of the most famous in Austria-Hungary, but this collapsed after the First World War.

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The tollhouse in Senožeče

The importance of transport through Senožeče can be seen in the preserved tollhouse dating from the 13th century, where the first lords of Duino/Devin, then later other owners, gathered tolls for goods being carried, while numerous wagoning inns sprouted up, trades flourished, and fairs were organised. With the extension of the southern railway, which was taken further south, transport and life in the town stagnated.

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The church of St. Anthony of Padua in Gabrče

Hidden along the margins of the valley system is the village of Gabrče, where it is worth stopping to look at the church of St. Anthony of Padua.

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The restored stone trough (Fontana)

Another fine reminder of past times is the restored stone trough or fontana, with drinking water, at the bottom of the market in Senožeče. Formerly used to water livestock and washing, the fountain represented a meeting place, gathering and transmission of news. Fontana was the completion of the first water supply in this area, built back in 1865.

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Brkini

The Švarcenek castle

Less common are the settlements in the side valleys that furrow the Brkini slopes. Along the Sušica stream, which rises under the highest hilltop and along which a nice walking trail is laid out, huddle Potok and Podgrad pri Vremah, where the ruins of Švarcenek Castle lie hidden.

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The church of St. George

On a neighbouring ridge there are the villages of Misliče and Vatovlje, and in a commanding position between them there is the church of St. George.

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Brkini slivovec - the local fruit brandy

A true speciality is Brkini slivovec, a local fruit brandy of excellent flavour and aroma, which is distilled in specially designed copper “Brkini cauldrons” with a lid for water.

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The village Barka

The best-known and one of the oldest villages in the Divača part of Brkini is Barka, which lies on a broad side ridge above the Vreme Valley.

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Vremščica

Vremščica Centre for Co-natural Recultivation

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The airfield of Divača

The expanse of the Karst plateau and the hilly surrounding slopes can also be experienced from the air.

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Along Velika voda

The Dekleva House in Vremski Britof

Strolling through the villages of Vremska dolina, you cannot avoid the Dekleva House in Vremski Britof, where the Makselnov portal testifies to the former wealth of the family.

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The church of St. Thomas

In Famlje, the former Roman station of Famula, you can find a nice spot to rest in front of the church of St. Thomas.

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The brothers Bogomir and France Magajna - writers

In Gornje Vreme, in the birth house of the brothers Bogomir and France Magajna there is a memorial room dedicated to the two writers. Children are especially fond of recalling younger brother Bogomir’s story of Brkonja Čeljustnik, a goodhearted wild man who lived in the Škocjan caves

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Reka basin - a valley of mills in the past

In the past the Reka basin was known as a valley of mills and sawmills.

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The church of the Assumption

In an isolated spot on the river, by the edge of the fertile Vremsko polje, stands the one-time pilgrimage church of the Assumption , with its two bell towers and three naves. The church contains preserved frescoes from the 15th century.

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The castle of Školj

On the edge of the gorge of Reka, above the steep cliffs stand the ruins of the castle of Školj, which was first mentioned in the 15th century. It was possibly built prior to that as a medieval manor house.

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