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Zelše is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°47′37.92″N 14°19′39.48″E / 45.7938667°N 14.3276333°E / 45.7938667; 14.3276333Coordinates: 45°47′37.92″N 14°19′39.48″E / 45.7938667°N 14.3276333°E / 45.7938667; 14.3276333
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Inner Carniola
Statistical region Inner Carniola–Karst
Municipality Cerknica
 • Total 4.19 km2 (1.62 sq mi)
Elevation 558.9 m (1,833.7 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 86

Zelše is a village along the road linking Cerknica and Postojna, at the northwestern part of the karst Cerknica Polje in the Inner Carniola region of Slovenia.[2] Zelce Caves (Zelške jame)—the source of Rak Creek, a sinking stream—is located west of the village. The cave Velika Karlovica, receiving the waters of Stržen Creek, is located southwest of the village. Industrial facilities are located east of the village.[2]


The local church, built on a small hill to the south of the village, is dedicated to Saint Wolfgang (Slovene: sveti Volbenk) and belongs to the Parish of Cerknica.[3] This Renaissance church was built around 1680 with a triple rounded apse, unique in the region. The Baroque-style belfry was added in 1732. The church has excellent acoustics and is sometimes used as a venue for various concerts.[4]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ a b Javornik, Marjan; Voglar, Dušan; Dermastia, Alenka, eds. (1996). "Zelše". Enciklopedija Slovenije [Encyclopedia of Slovenia] (in Slovene). Mladinska knjiga. p. 153. ISBN 9788611153667. 
  3. ^ Družina RC Church in Slovenia Journal website
  4. ^ Inner Carniola Regional Park site

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