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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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Postcards of Divača

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

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