Pyramid – Lookout by Hrašćina




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Thus, Branimir Pipinic, teacher and headmaster of the Christian school, in the June issue of “Croatian Mountaineer” in 1954 headlined an article that published the ceremonial opening of a 9m high wooden pyramid, built by the locals and schoolchildren of Hrascina on their own initiative, means and hands. The ceremony took place on 6/6/1954. The construction was initiated by Pipinic himself, who was also the founder of the Hrašćina Mountaineering Association. From the opening, a triangular mountaineering stamp with a prominent elevation height (350m) and an entry book located in the nearest family home were put into use. The pyramid was visited and enjoyed by many visitors, mostly students of the nearby school and mountaineers, because from the top (as well as other nearby locations), according to the locals, at that time of the youth, the lights of the mountain houses on the peaks of the Alps could be seen on beautiful nights. Master Pipinic with his family was transferred to another place and school for some time, and the work of PD Hrascin died. The pyramid got old and worn out. During this period, a hunting unit within the LD People’s Hunter (since 1937) operated in Hrašćina.

It was a time of enthusiasm, extreme enthusiasm, but also a huge commitment of every hunter and their friends, writes Dragutin Zajec in his book Hunting Society Srndac Hrašćina Trgovišće. With the huge engagement of young hunters, with the contribution and assistance in the material and equipment of the NPP Krško, TPP Jertovec, Elektrode Konjščina, Elektrokontakt Zlatar Bistrica, the construction of a new, 14 m high iron pyramid made from the construction of a transmission line was started. The official name of the building is the Pyramid of Hunting and Mountaineers, and the opening ceremony was held on 5.7.1980. The pyramid is inscribed on the Mountaineering map of Croatia.

The property is entered in the land register as the property of LD Srndač Hrašćina Trgovišće. The Pyramid is visited by many mountaineers and purpose travelers, and in winter it serves hunters as a high waiting time when hunting. In 2007, the students and teachers of the Hrašćina Elementary School tried to revive the lookout and the memory of teacher Pipinic by establishing the educational path “Pipinic’s Way”. Features (signs, signposts with eco-commands, safety warning on the lookout, info cabinet on the lookout, benches and stump table) and two boxes. the students’ educational path is used for maintaining project days and learning in nature. The municipality of Hrašćina has included the trail in their project of thematic paths “The site of the fall of the meteorituria pl. Belosevic-Pipinic Way ”. In 2014, as a commemoration of the initiative of the members of HPD “Vinica” Duga Resa to begin the realization of the long-planned construction of the pyramid – lookout point on Vinica, a hiking trail “Peaks of Croatia with Pyramids” was established. 11 checkpoints, 11 peaks in Croatia with a pyramid – lookout are listed in the bypass log. Thus, the Pyramid of Christ (351 m of KT Šijan) was bypassed along with KT Vinica, Japetic, Plesivica, Ivanscica, Javorova Kosa, Lipa, Grohot, Ravna Gora, Nevoljas, Kapovac. The visit is evidenced by the stamp of the top at the intended location in the logbook provided by PD “Vinica”. When visiting all 11 checkpoints and proving the visit with a diary, the mountaineer is rewarded with a numbered badge. Read more on the web, on the pages of PD “Vinica”. Two new stamps have been made. One is at the Bolfan Vinski Vrh Winery and the other at the Hrašćina Native Heritage Club. Also, PD “Ravna Gora” from Varaždin renewed its traditional visit to the pyramid. The hike was started by a senior group, called “Lucijan’s hike”, and includes a train route from Varaždin to Hrašćina Trgovišća and a hike from the train station to Njeguš Curia (pl. Belošević), saw by Sv. Mark, the Roman tombstone of St. Ana in Hrašćina, pyramids on the Šijan hill, next to the chapel of St. Benedict and return to Budinščina railway station. The roadmap and road map can be seen on the web site of PD “Ravna Gora”. The hike is dedicated to a longtime member of the PD “Ravna Gora” Lucian Smokvina, who has often been a guide to this forgotten hiking destination.