ruins
ruins

When the village dies, or when people leave, it is like stone receptacle come alive, in order to save the village, or at least the memory of it. As if they become alive, to move through the village, to replace people once lived there … When the village dies its soul stays in stone receptacles. They are last to die.

kamenica

Rural heritage…Yes, I love these words.  But, walking through this, almost, completly abandoned village, I felt like I am walking through a village of ghosts. So many empty houses,so many memories written in stone. No matter my feelings, rural heritage in Croatia in recent years is recognized as one of leading ideas of tourism development. Which I most welcome. Rural tourism in Croatia today has the special importance, because one of its key roles are to preserve tradition on the way to use rural heritage creatively. It is equally valuable part of its cultural heritage and in recent years in Croatia is visible increased concern and care for its restoration (source:http://hrcak.srce.hr/file/157989)

Dalmatia, as it was
Dalmatia, as it was
Old stone house
Old stone house “Blagoslovljene nek su sve boli naših pređa I krv, i znoj, i suze, i strah, i glad, i žeđa; I tuge i gorčine!” Vladimir Nazor

As famous croatian writer Vladimir Nazor wrote, I can imagine all the pains of our ancestors, their blood, sweat, tears, the fear, hunger and thirst. Sorrow and bitterness. That is how their life was. Seeing these ruins, everything comes alive again, and I hope that this rural heritage will not be forgotten, nor the people who lived here, and that new people will cherish a new life remembering the old one.

Čiope lete visoko nad tornjevima zvonika. U suton: uvlače se u svoja kamena gnijezda (ponajčešće među pragove starinskih trošnih kuća).  Ante Cettineo
Čiope lete visoko nad tornjevima
zvonika.
U suton: uvlače se u svoja kamena gnijezda
(ponajčešće među pragove starinskih trošnih kuća).
Ante Cettineo

old window

 

stara vrata

stone house1

vrata

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