Šmarje pri Jelšah

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Šmarje pri Jelšah
Občina Šmarje pri Jelšah
Town and Municipality
View of Šmarje pri Jelšah from St. Roch's Church
View of Šmarje pri Jelšah from St. Roch's Church
Location of the Municipality of Šmarje pri Jelšah in Slovenia
Location of the Municipality of Šmarje pri Jelšah in Slovenia
Šmarje pri Jelšah is located in Slovenia
Šmarje pri Jelšah
Šmarje pri Jelšah
Location of the Town of Šmarje pri Jelšah in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°13′41.06″N 15°31′5.44″E / 46.2280722°N 15.5181778°E / 46.2280722; 15.5181778Coordinates: 46°13′41.06″N 15°31′5.44″E / 46.2280722°N 15.5181778°E / 46.2280722; 15.5181778
Country  Slovenia
Government
 • Mayor Jožef Čakš
Area
 • Total 107.7 km2 (41.6 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
 • Total 9,662
 • Density 90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)

Šmarje pri Jelšah is a town and a municipality in eastern Slovenia. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja statistical region.[2] The development of the settlement is associated with a medieval mansion known as Jelšingrad on a slight hill northwest of the town.[3]

The local parish church is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary (Slovene: Sveta Marija Vnebovzeta) and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor. It dates to the late 13th century with 18th- and 19th-century additions.[4]

Series of chapels in Šmarje pri Jelšah and Saint Roch's Church in Predenca

The best-known landmark near the town is the Saint Roch's Church in the settlement of Predenca south of the town and the series of chapels representing Calvary and the Stations of the Cross on the path leading up to the church from the town.[5]

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