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Granaries in Hubová

Two rare traditional granaries are situated in the town of Hubová, they lie approximately 12 km away from the centre of Ružomberok.

The granaries, which are situated at the west periphery of the town, near the main road, are over 100 years old and they are an example of the original Liptov folklore. They are the last buildings of traditional architecture in this town. They have a shingle roof. Their floor plan is rectangular. The doors are made of wide planks, there is clay floor inside. They have underground cellars, which are not entered through the floor inside the granary, but through a separate door in the front wall.

The granaries used to serve for storage of grain, potatoes and other agricultural commodities. During winters, potatoes were covered with hay as protection against freezing. The grain was usually stored in chests. Sometimes the granaries also stored the farm tools. In the past, there used to be four granaries in this place, however, two of them have not been preserved. It is also interesting that there used to be a blacksmith workshop near the granaries.

In the past, people used to build granaries outside of villages or in places with higher altitude. The reason was the fact that there were frequent fires in the village, and so it was safer to store the supply somewhere else. The granaries had no windows and they usually had a very steep roof. The main reason was to prevent them from getting broken by the winter snow, of which there used to be a lot more in the past than there is today. An interesting fact is that the roofs resemble Ostré Hill, towering above the nearby town of Švošov. The granaries used to belong to the quadruple-houses typical of Hubová, which, however, have not been preserved. In these houses, four families lived under one roof.

There used to be a lot of granaries in Hubová, but they did not survive the ravages of time, as they needed to be replaced by family houses.

Upward from the granaries, there is a cross, which remained here after the first, no longer existent, cemetery.