Village well in Ajdovec

Village well in Ajdovec

The village well in Ajdovec represents a rare case of a well built in 1932 with a special pumping system called the “paternoster”. It had a similar mechanism to the pumps along the Nile in Egypt, using metal plates chained together with small cups on them. When spinning, they collect water and transport it to the next part of the pump and pour it at the break of the wheel. Only two such systems are known in Slovenia. After WWII, in the sixties of the last century to be precise, it was abandoned. The well with a hand pump with a volume of 110 cubic metres, which was restored years ago and is today a reserve source of fire water, stands under the parish church of St. Trinity.

Slovenia is rich in water resources and ranks among the most water-rich countries in Europe. In terms of total water per capita it exceeds the European average by almost four times. However, there are areas, such as the Suha krajina, where water is still scarce and where not every house has a plumbing connection.

The oldest discovered wells date from the beginning of the Stone Age, from the 10th and 9th centuries BC. They were discovered in Cyprus, carved into limestone. The first wells in Central Europe were built in the 5th and 6th centuries BC and were protected by a wooden oak frame. Later wells, constructed in the second century BC, had a weaved lid to protect the water.

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Tone, domačin - ENG
I am very happy that we can now show the castle and other attractions to all our family guests and tell them something along the way. Or maybe we should just let them listen to the guides on the phone, ...
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Tone, local resident
I am very happy that we can now show the castle and other attractions to all our family guests and tell them something along the way. Or maybe we should just let them listen to the guides on the phone, who are always on duty. In this way, even us locals were able to learn many new things about our places. Since we are not trained guides and not so good at speaking, I like to play the audio guides and surprise my guests.
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Janez Sršen, Bled - ENG
I thought that Bled is unique with its castle on a rock and a water motif below it. I must admit that the reflection of your castle in the Krka river is also beautiful and that the scenery of...
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Janez Sršen, Bled
I thought that Bled is unique with its castle on a rock and a water motif below it. I must admit that the reflection of your castle in the Krka river is also beautiful and that the scenery of Žužemberk from the river banks is very picturesque. However, I also have to admit that it is much calmer and less noisy there in the summer than here in Bled in the high season. All the more reason for me to run away from my place to yours more often.
Janez Sršen, Bled - ENG
Janez Sršen, Bled
Martin novo mesto - ENG
I have quite a few colleagues in Suha krajina. And I was quite surprised when they invited me and took me to interesting points around the area, which were already familiar to me, but now I got to know their ...
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Martin, Novo mesto
I have quite a few colleagues in Suha krajina. And I was quite surprised when they invited me and took me to interesting points around the area, which were already familiar to me, but now I got to know their story. My friends, I will also get ready and invite you all to visit Novo mesto.
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