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Milling

Mills called “žličare” (spoon mills), which are typical for hilly and mountainous regions of green karst, have always been built in Rastoke.
While paddle mills are powered by the water weight and the volume flow, spoon mills are driven by the right amount of water, which hits the spoons and thus moves the vertical spindle connected with the millstone. The mills in Rastoke were constructed on travertine surface. The lower part of the mills was usually made of tufa, and partly of other types of stone specific for this area. Certain parts of the mills are erected on oak columns or horse chestnut pillars, which further solidify in water. Wooden mills were built on the limestone foundations and wooden poles – oak and chestnut timber were brought from the lowland regions of Kordun, whereas beech, fir and pine timber from the mountainous regions of Velika Kapela and Plitvice Lakes, where there were many sawmills.

The oldest mill in the watermill settlement Rastoke was built in the 17th century, whereas most mills were constructed in the 19th and the early 20th century. When Rastoke was registered as a rural entity in 1962, there were 22 mills, 4 stamp mills, 7 barrels for washing wool blankets and 28 houses with related facilities. Grain was ground in the mills and cloth and wool was washed in the barrels below the waterfalls. Rastoke is also known for the terraces built above the water, the so- called “ganjci”. Due to its unique architectural heritage and ethnographical and historical value, Rastoke was declared a cultural monument in 1969.

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