Moste, Žirovnica

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Moste is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°24′31″N 14°8′22″E / 46.40861°N 14.13944°E / 46.40861; 14.13944Coordinates: 46°24′31″N 14°8′22″E / 46.40861°N 14.13944°E / 46.40861; 14.13944
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Region Upper Carniola
Municipality Žirovnica
Elevation 567 m (1,860 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 546

Moste (pronounced [ˈmoːstɛ]) is one of ten villages in the Municipality of Žirovnica in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.

Hydroelectric plant[edit]

Moste hydroelectric dam in the Kavčke Gorge

Moste is the location of the Moste Hydroelectric Plant, the first hydro-electric power plant to have been built on the Sava River. It has a 60 m high dam (the highest dam in Slovenia to date) in the Kavčke Gorge.[2]


The church in the centre of the village is dedicated to Saint Martin. It is a single-aisle church with late Gothic features and frescoes on the interior dating to 1430. The altar dates to 1638 and the remaining church furnishings are from the 19th century. In the area around the church evidence of a burial ground from late Antiquity and the period of early Slavic settlement has also been discovered and the area has been officially protected as an archaeological monument.[3]

Cultural heritage[edit]

By the old road towards Jesenice there is also a monument to 30 hostages from the prison in Begunje executed by Nazi German soldiers on 1 June 1942. In January 2008 the bronze centerpiece of this monument, a statue by the sculptor Jaka Torkar, was stolen and found cut up into pieces a few days later.[4]

Mass graves[edit]

Moste is the site of two known mass graves associated with the Second World War. The Baud Fallow 1 and 2 mass graves (Slovene: Grobišče Baudova ledina 1, 2) are located north of the settlement and contain the remains of six to 12 Croatian soldiers. The first grave lies in a former gravel pit in a clearing, surrounded by bushes. The grave site has been leveled off.[5] The second grave lies in the woods north of the first, on a small plateau, next to a fence at the bottom of the slope of Mount Ajdna.[6]


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