Žalec

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Žalec
Občina Žalec
Town and Municipality
Roman tomb in Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini, in the municipality of Žalec
Roman tomb in Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini, in the municipality of Žalec
Location of the Municipality of Žalec in Slovenia
Location of the Municipality of Žalec in Slovenia
Žalec is located in Slovenia
Žalec
Žalec
Location of the town of Žalec in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°15′3″N 15°9′50″E / 46.25083°N 15.16389°E / 46.25083; 15.16389Coordinates: 46°15′3″N 15°9′50″E / 46.25083°N 15.16389°E / 46.25083; 15.16389
Country  Slovenia
Government
 • Mayor Janko Kos (SD)
Area
 • Total 117.1 km2 (45.2 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
 • Total 20,335
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)

Žalec is a town and municipality in central Slovenia. It lies in the valley of the lower course of the Savinja River to the west of Celje. The primary economic activity of the region is growing hops, which is reflected by the city's coat-of-arms. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja statistical region.[2]

The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Nicholas and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. It was built between 1903 and 1906 on the site of a 16th-century church. The 16th-century building had a walled enclosure to protect the locals against Ottoman raids. A round tower from this enclosure still stands next to the church.[3]

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