Height above sea level
beside a river; in the countryside
Sanabor lies in a narrow valley between the highland area of Col and the Nanos plateau. It is a nucleated village that includes the hamlet of Zavetniki, lying below Col in the narrow valley of the Bela stream on Nanos's northern side. The hamlet is older than Vrhpolje and has its roots in the Roman era. The road from the Po Valley to the Pannonian Plain ran past here. Tradition has it that the plain below the village was once a lake. The interesting church of St Daniel has an altar dating from 1750. Below it is the start of the gorge of the Bela, which descends to Vrhpolje. At Sanabor the torrential Bela stream has carved a gorge into the limestone and created wonderful natural forms that offer opportunities for rock climbing and enjoyment of unspoilt nature.
The Bela rises during heavy rains but most of the time its channel is drier. Above Sanabor and in the immediate surrounding area grassland predominates, although there are also some tilled fields, vineyards growing a vine known as "Sanaborec", and patches of forest. Quite a number of the inhabitants of Sanabor are involved in farming, most of them in livestock farming and milk production. There are also two organic farms in Sanabor. One characteristic of Sanabor is the presence of a large number of relatively tall houses, an indication of the fact that the village was once rich. People used to build these houses to show off their wealth. Nanos, on the other hand, is characterised by scattered building. Farm buildings tend to be modest. Sanabor also has a few hayracks, a feature that can no longer be seen anywhere else in the Vipava Valley. According to folk tradition, the cemetery by the church of St Daniel in Sanabor is one of the oldest in the Vipava area. People were brought here to be buried from as far away as Črniče, thus avoiding Ajdovščina, which was considered a pagan (ajdovsko) settlement.
Interesting sights include:
- an ancient burnt grave,
- a settlement area with burial ground in Dijaki,
- religious monuments at house number 6 and house number 28,
- the little chapel outside the village,
- the little chapel by the church,
- old structures in the cemetery,
- a religious monument in Medlišek,
- a sawmill at house number 28,
- the religious complex at the church of St Daniel,
- a memorial to the local people who died during the National Liberation Struggle.
The beautiful natural sights of Sanabor include the gorge carved out by the torrential Bela stream. This process has created channels and dams in which the water builds up. The village also has interesting flora, influenced by the contact of the Mediterranean and continental climates. In the past the inhabitants of Sanabor devoted themselves to trades including charcoal burning, milling, blacksmithery, shoemaking, pottery, carpentry, beekeeping and sawmilling. There are still some beekeepers in the village today.