Photo Credit: Kristina Bursać

Cankarjev dom, renowned for its urban beekeeping aspirations, has become home to the largest bee model in the world. The unique attraction will be on display until April 20. Before it arrived in Ljubljana, the model wowed visitors at the Slovenian pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai. In addition to seeing the model up close, Cankarjev dom’s guests can get acquainted with the Carniolan honey bee through an interactive exhibition.

Celebrating World Bee Day on 20 May, Cankarjev dom will host an event dedicated to spreading awareness about the prominence of bees. This year also marks eleven years of urban beekeeping on the roof of Cankarjev dom, in cooperation with the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association.

The model of the bee was made with 3D printing and has more than 90% morphological similarity to real worker bees. The 3D model was created at the initiative of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association during the Slovenian presidency of the EU Council and then travelled to the World Expo in Dubai, where it attracted a lot of attention. From the exhibition in Dubai, the giant model of the Carniolan honey bee arrived at Cankarjev dom, where it is on display in the Great Reception Hall.

Photo Credit: Kristina Bursać

500,000 buzzing Carniola honey bees on the rooftop of Cankarjev dom

Cankarjev dom has been the pioneer of urban beekeeping in Slovenia. As a contribution to Ljubljana’s increasing biodiversity, beehives were installed on the rooftop. Approximately 500,000 buzzing Carniola honey bees have since been pollinating city plants and providing honey as a unique product of the congress centre. Their honey is of the highest quality and boasts the Slovenian honey certificate.

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Did you know?

– There are up to 100,000 bees in the hive.
– 10,000 bees weigh 1 kg.
– There is only one »queen bee« in the hive.
– The »queen bee« matches up to 150,000 eggs a year.
– Bees must bear several million flowers for 1 kg of honey.
– A bee flies at speeds of up to 40 km/h and in winds up to 24 km/h.

Find out more about Cankarjev dom and its beekeeping initiatives here.