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Velika Planina (literally 'Big Pasture') is dispersed high-altitude settlement of mostly shepherds' dwellings on a karstified mountain plateau in the Kamnik Alps in Upper Carniola region of Sloveniamarker. It is also the name of the barren plateau itself and all the pastures on it. The highest point of the plateau is known as Gradišče and has an elevation of 1666 m (5466 ft).

The mainly wooden huts and barns in the settlement have a particular architecture. They are single-room dwellings with shingled oval roofs extending nearly to ground level, making the space created by the extended roof suitable for sheltering livestock. There are very few permanent residents in the settlement, but in the summer months it still has a sizable population of herdsmen who bring their flocks to the highland pastures. It is one of very few shepherds' settlements of this scale preserved in Europe and attracts visitors throughout the year with facilities for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. A number of houses to accommodate visitors have been built nearby. What to see on Velika Planina It is easily accessible by cable car from Kamniška Bistricamarker.

Prior to 1939, Slovene architect Jože Plečnik prepared plans to build a church. The church design was modeled on the unique architecture of the surrounding huts. In 1939, the shepherds and dairymaids of Velika Planina used Plečnik's designs and built the Chapel of Our Lady of the Snows. Located just above the settlement, the small church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In the Second World War the chapel along with 100 other wooden dwellings were burnt down. The new chapel was built in 1988 and is particularly known for its Christmas Eve midnight mass.

Image:Velika planina 9.JPG|oval wooden roofsImage:Velika planina mala dolina kapelica.JPG|The Chapel of Our Lady of the SnowsImage:Velika planina 4.JPG|tourist accommodation


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