Ethno zone

Velika Lešnica Ethno Zone

The village of Velika Lešnica is located on a low slope in the immediate vicinity of Mount Dragomalj and its forest. The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the quaint hamlet of Velika Lešnica is one of the oldest sacral buildings in the area. It is a baroque building of large dimensions, covered with roof tiles (previously with shingle), with a massive bell tower on the north-eastern side.
The hamlet was declared an ethno-zone as early as 1976 due to its large number of preserved original buildings. The buildings, which were used for houses or as outbuildings, are built of wood and stone and covered in white plaster. Until recently, the roofs were covered with shingle.
Not far from the village, there is a path that leads to the source of the small River Kupica.

Klobučar - Rački House (17th century) - Delnice

Rački House, a protected cultural monument, is a fine example of ethnographic and architectural heritage that is open to visitors. Its present appearance attests to how households were organised in the past and to the architectural heritage of Delnice. A spacious longitudinal corridor (today inexistent) used to connect all the rooms in the building: kitchen, living room and stable. The house is estimated to be 250 years old. The goal of renovating and protecting it is to preserve its authenticity.

Popović Mill
The mill of the Mihelčić family, locally known as "Popovićev mlin", is located at Supilova 76. The construction of the electric mill started in 1924 with the capital of Josip and Francika Mihelčić, returnees from America. This was one of the first properties in Delnice to receive electricity. It was built by the Ganz Danubius company of Budapest, from where all the parts of the mill were brought. All the devices (mills, elevators, sieves, electromotor, pulleys, etc.) have been preserved in their original form. The mill was in use until 1960, and today is open to visitors.

The Žagar, Ožbolt, Lipovac and Vesel houses - Prezid

In Prezid, there are several well-preserved old houses which are prime examples of local architecture. Some of them are protected as monuments of traditional Croatian rural architecture: the Vesel, Ožbolt, Žagar and Lipovac houses. The houses are built of stone and wood, and have rectangular ground plans and gable roofs covered with tiles or wooden shingle.

Prezid Local History Museum

The local history museum in Prezid includes an archaeological and ethnographic collection. This includes the remnants of the old wooden local water supply system, numerous pieces of pottery from the period of the Hallstatt-Japodes culture, and various items connected with local history. Steam engines, which played a key role in the development of the town in the first half of the 20th century, are also on display.

Čabar Local History Museum

With the establishment of the local history museum in Zrinski Castle, Čabar has a respectable collection of historical items.
The museum includes a room with stylish antique furniture form the early 20th century, a room with numerous exhibits, mostly connected to the traditional occupations and crafts of the local area (displayed on shelves and in cabinets), miscellaneous items for general use, and numerous photographs showing the history of Čabar.

Delači-Maklen-Moravička sela Ethno-Zone

The Delači-Maklen-Moravička sela ethno-zone and its surrounding area represent a harmoniously shaped landscape with several valuable cultural monuments.

Kuti Ethno-Zone

The Kuti ethno-zone includes the village of Kuti and its immediate agricultural surroundings. The village is located at the crossroads of the Lujzijana-Kupa Valley and Lukovdol-Brod na Kupi roads. Until the mid-19th century, this rural area included a number of houses with gardens. These later formed a compact row of buildings facing the street.

Delač House (17th century) and Ožanić House (19th century) - Delači

Delač House was built in 1644 and is protected by the Croatian Ministry of Culture as a valuable cultural monument. The house has been renovated and will host an ethnographic and ethnical museum.

Delači village

The village of Delači includes interesting examples of rural architecture that were constructed between the 17th and late 19th century. A distinctive feature of this village is a valuable complex of buildings in one location, each of which represents a cultural monument. The oldest preserved houses in the village are: Delač House (which is assumed to be several centuries old) and Žižek House, which represents an example of the rural architecture of the early 19th century.

Colnari hamlet

Colnari comprises a hamlet of the same name and its surroundings. It is part of the Završje area above the Kupa Valley. It includes three houses, one of which is entirely preserved, and the other two ruined or abandoned. The buildings were once used as houses or outbuildings, and are built mainly of stone and have a gable roof covered with roof tiles. They are surrounded by gardens and forests.

Ivan Goran Kovačić Museum and Gallery - Lukovdol

Lukovdol is the birthplace of the poet Ivan Goran Kovačić and a centre of culture in the area of the town of Vrbovsko. The house where Goran was born today hosts a museum that includes a library, gallery and memorial exhibition dedicated to the life and work of this great poet.
Next to the house, which was renovated in the summer of 2003, there is an amphitheatre with a monument, the work of the prominent sculptor Vojin Bakić.

Lokve Local History Collection

The pleasant ambience of the Rudolf Strohal elementary school houses a collection dedicated to local history.
Members of the Lovers of Lokve Antiques association are striving to prevent local spiritual and material traditions from disappearing and falling into oblivion, and aim to revive interest in traditional handicrafts through studying ethnological materials.

Lič Ethnographic Collection

This ethnographic collection was registered as a cultural monument back in 1995, when it included a total of 63 exhibits. Over the years, new interesting items from the past have been added, and many people from the local area, and even those who only occasionally come here, have donated valuable antique items.
The ethnographic collection is located in the centre of Lič in the elementary school building.

Juretić Ethno Estate - Leskova Draga

This property is located in the village of Leskova Draga between the two historic roads of Gorski kotar: the Lujzijana and Karolina roads. The history of the estate dates back more than 180 years. It includes preserved parts of an ancient water-powered sawmill, an electric sawmill that is still in use, and a large rural property that includes several buildings, a local history museum, a lake with a dam dating back to 1900, and a walkway. Your hosts will be happy to be your guides, and we are confident that you will enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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