Vodnjan Kažuns

Kažun is a small house – shelter, made of stone, and very common for the fields of Istria. They were used as a shelter, for keeping tools and to rest during work in the fields. Today they are a symbol of Istria, so you can see many newly built Kažuns all over the peninsula. It is also very common on the souvenirs. It is interesting to note that in the oldest British National Park District, Kažun was built as a symbol of Croatian entrance to the European Union.

There were around 10000-20000 Kažuns in the history, but today around 5000 remained, and 2000-3000 are located in Vodnjan area.

 

The biggest and most notable are “Twin Kažuns” in village Batvači next to Vodnjan. First one is 4,30 m high with a radius of 4 m. Other is somewhat smaller. Moscarda family Kažun is also very interesting with its height of 4,20m, which was used for keeping cattle. Drywall technique was used for construction, which means the stones were put together without any adhesive. The roof had a thin stone blocks which were formed in a concentric shape close to the top. Besides circular Kažuns, there are many different shapes.
 
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Vodnjan Kažuns

“My Kažun – La mia casita” is a project and a manifestation that is organized by Vodnjan, which aims to preserve, popularize and keep the autochthonous traditional values and the knowledge of building Kažuns. The project is based on workshops of drywall and Kažun constructions. In nine year of this manifestation, over 200 Kažuns were reconstructed.

Vodnjan Kažuns

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Vodnjan, Croatia

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44.977947953846, 13.789941890808

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