Klačine (limekilns)

Klačine

Klačine (limekilns)


Klačine or limekilns can be found on several localities on the island of Lastovo. The two most intriguing such sites are located along an old forest path leading to the settlement of Zaklopatica. Ancient inhabitants of Lastovo built these facilities to produce lime.
Limekilns were built near the settlement or construction site that they were serving. A limekiln was covered in stone both externally and internally, one half of it below ground, and the other half above ground, in the form of a dome. Door placed on the front was used to keep up the fire.
In high temperature, the stone of the dome would melt, and the dome would collapse. Mixing the resulting substance with water resulted in slaked lime, which was used in the construction of houses and walls, and in other construction works. Stone, sand and lime were the only available construction materials in the past.