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Beekeeping has been part of the Slovenian agriculture since the 16th century. Originally bees were kept in hollow logs or baskets but the entire hive was damaged when collecting the honycomb. With the invention of the Kranjic hive, with removable boxes resembling a chest of drawers, the problem was solved. It also led to the development of Slovenia’s most important form of folk art.
The hives have front panels above the entrance and painting and decorating these boards with religious motifs soon became popular. In the mid 18th century the panels were painted in" folk Baroque" style with subjects taken from the Old and New Testaments – especially Job, the patron of beekeepers, and history – invasions and the like. The most interesting panels depict the foibles, rivalries and humour of the human condition. The painting of the panels enjoyed its golden age between about 1820 and 1880.

As well as the panelled hives, other hives have been carved to look like people and animals – once such hive is in this photo – a bear.

The Beekeeping Museum is housed in Thurn Manor, Radovljica, which began its life as Ortenburg Castle in the middle ages.

I am a keen amateur photographer (progressing from a Brownie Box to digital) who loves to combine travel and photography. I have travelled extensively in Australia and New Zealand with other trips to parts of UK & Europe, USA, Africa, Scandinavia and Canada. My photography reflects my interest in culture, scenery and wildlife relating to these travels.

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  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 3 years ago

    Wow, very nice to see, thanks for sharing! :O)

  • Thank you for your lovely comment.

    – Margaret Hyde

  • Marilyn Grimble
    Marilyn Grimble11 months ago

    Fascinating – I used to live in Slovenia – 1994-98

  • Hi Marilyn, thank you for your comment. My husband and spent about 10 days driving ourselves around the country and exploring Ljubljana. We had a wonderful time and found the people to be among the most hospitable we have met anywhere. Have been back once on a stopover on a tour. Very fond memories.

    – Margaret Hyde

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