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Dry-stone fences

Dry-stone fences are a significant monument of the hard life and the huge effort of the island’s inhabitants; they were built from skilfully stacked stone on land difficult to cultivate. The dry-stone fence with its shapes, surface, appearance and purpose, is one of the most representative examples of native folk architecture. The dry-stone fences serve as natural borders between patches; they are high enough to prevent sheep from jumping over, and strong enough to stand against the bora winds. They are an important habitat for reptiles, birds and small mammals. You will be delighted by the view of an entire flock of sheep resting in shade beneath a stone fence on a hot summer afternoon. Due to the lack of trees in the vast karst terrain, ovčje nastambe tzv. torovi ili jare. the stone fences are their only shelter from steamy summer temperatures. Apart from the dry-stone fences, sheepfolds called "tor" or "jare" might attract your attention. Dry-stone fences are an important landscape element and are part of the Croatian rich cultural heritage.