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Besnica Slovenia.JPG
Besnica is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°2′15.73″N 14°38′55.37″E / 46.0377028°N 14.6487139°E / 46.0377028; 14.6487139Coordinates: 46°2′15.73″N 14°38′55.37″E / 46.0377028°N 14.6487139°E / 46.0377028; 14.6487139
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionLower Carniola
Statistical regionCentral Slovenia
 • Total6.1 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
338.3 m (1,109.9 ft)
 • Total233
 • Density38/km2 (100/sq mi)

Besnica (pronounced [ˈbeːsnitsa]; German: Weßnitz[2]) is a settlement in the hills east of Ljubljana in central Slovenia. It belongs to the City Municipality of Ljubljana. It was part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included with the rest of the municipality in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region.[3] The stream that runs through the settlement is also called the Besnica. It is a tributary of the Ljubljanica, which it joins at Podgrad. Besnica includes the hamlets of Derčar, Jančar, Pečar, Prek, Špan, and Tomaž.


The name Besnica is originally a hydronym that was later applied to the settlement along Besnica Creek. The name is derived from the Slavic adjective *běsьnъ 'rushing, swift', referring the character of the stream.[4]


Plaque marking the site where the first German soldier was killed

Schooling was started in Besnica in 1939 in a private farmhouse; a school building was not built until 1954. Besnica is where the first German soldier fell in Slovenia during the Second World War on July 16, 1941. The spot is marked by a memorial. There is also a memorial plaque at house no. 23 in the village, where a Partisan soldier was killed on May 21, 1942.[5]

Cultural heritage[edit]

A small chapel in the settlement dates to the early 20th century.[6]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, pp. 97, 106.
  3. ^ Ljubljana municipal site
  4. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 58.
  5. ^ Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 359.
  6. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 18458

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