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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 Littoral–Inner Carniola
Municipality Cerknica
 • Total 4.19 km2 (1.62 sq mi)
Elevation 558.9 m (1,833.7 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 86

Zelše (pronounced [ˈzeːu̯ʃɛ]) 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] Zelše Caves (Zelške jame)—the source of Rak Creek, a sinking stream—lies west of the village. Big Karlovica Cave (Slovene: Velika Karlovica), receiving the waters of Stržen Creek, lies 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 Slovenian). Mladinska knjiga. p. 153. ISBN 9788611153667. 
  3. ^ Družina RC Church in Slovenia Journal website
  4. ^ Inner Carniola Regional Park site

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