Ožbalt

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Ožbalt
Sveti Ožbalt (until 1952)
Ožbalt is located in Slovenia
Ožbalt
Ožbalt
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°35′51.7″N 15°23′18.63″E / 46.597694°N 15.3885083°E / 46.597694; 15.3885083Coordinates: 46°35′51.7″N 15°23′18.63″E / 46.597694°N 15.3885083°E / 46.597694; 15.3885083
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Styria
Statistical region Carinthia
Municipality Podvelka
Area
 • Total 8.41 km2 (3.25 sq mi)
Elevation 451.5 m (1,481.3 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 301
[1]

Ožbalt (pronounced [ˈoːʒbalt]) is a village on the left bank of the Drava River in the Municipality of Podvelka in Slovenia.[2]

Name[edit]

The name of the settlement was changed from Sveti Ožbalt (literally, 'Saint Oswald') to Ožbalt (literally, 'Oswald') in 1952. The name was changed on the basis of the 1948 Law on Names of Settlements and Designations of Squares, Streets, and Buildings as part of efforts by Slovenia's postwar communist government to remove religious elements from toponyms.[3][4][5]

Church[edit]

The local parish church, from which the settlement gets its name, is dedicated to Saint Oswald. It belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor and was originally a Gothic building from the late 14th century. The current structure dates to 1810 and the belfry was added in 1859. The internal furnishings are Baroque.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Podvelka municipal site
  3. ^ Spremembe naselij 1948–95. 1996. Database. Ljubljana: Geografski inštitut ZRC SAZU, DZS.
  4. ^ Premk, F. 2004. Slovenska versko-krščanska terminologija v zemljepisnih imenih in spremembe za čas 1921–1967/68. Besedoslovne lastnosti slovenskega jezika: slovenska zemljepisna imena. Ljubljana: Slavistično društvo Slovenije, pp. 113–132.
  5. ^ Urbanc, Mimi, & Matej Gabrovec. 2005. Krajevna imena: poligon za dokazovanje moči in odraz lokalne identitete. Geografski vestnik 77(2): 25–43.
  6. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number 3323

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