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Bodovlje Slovenia.jpg
Bodovlje is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°8′57.32″N 14°17′37.74″E / 46.1492556°N 14.2938167°E / 46.1492556; 14.2938167Coordinates: 46°8′57.32″N 14°17′37.74″E / 46.1492556°N 14.2938167°E / 46.1492556; 14.2938167
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionUpper Carniola
Statistical regionUpper Carniola
MunicipalityŠkofja Loka
 • Total1.37 km2 (0.53 sq mi)
357.2 m (1,171.9 ft)
 • Total175

Bodovlje (pronounced [ˈboːdɔu̯ljɛ]; German: Wodovlje[2] or Wodoule[3]) is a village in the Municipality of Škofja Loka in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.


Bodovlje is a clustered village that lies on the right bank of the Poljane Sora River, along both sides of Bodovlje Creek (Slovene: Bodoljska grapa). Most of the settlement is on the floodplain along the river, but some houses also stand in the narrow valley along the creek. The creek valley is bounded by Dešna Hill (505 m) to the east and Saint Peter's Hill (Svetega Petra hrib, 674 m) to the southwest. There are fields and meadows in the flat area along the river, and the creek valley and hillsides are forested.[4]


Bodovlje was attested in written records in 1291 and 1318 as Vondeul (and as Vodobli in 1500). The name is presumably derived from the plural demonym *Bǫdovľane, created from a place name such as *Bǫdovľe (selo) (literally, 'Bǫdъ's village'), based on the personal name *Bǫdь or *Bǫdъ.[5] An alternate, but less likely, theory is that the name is derived from *ǫdolьje 'valleys' via prothesis and the phonological development v > b,[6] known as betacizem in Slovene[7] (i.e., *ǫd- > *vǫd- > *bǫd-).[5] In the past, the settlement was known as Wodovlje[2] or Wodoule[3] in German.


Mass grave[edit]

Bodovlje is the site of a mass grave from the period immediately after the Second World War. The Bodovlje Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče Bodovlje) is located on a steep forest slope 200 m southeast of the village. It contains the remains of 22 to 24 Home Guard prisoners of war that were taken from the prison at Loka Castle on the night of 29 May 1945, murdered, and buried in a former Partisan bunker.[8][9]

Post–World War II[edit]

The Termika factory was established in Bodovlje in 1958. It produced mineral wool and employed about 220 people. The site of the plant was formerly a veneer factory.[4]


Saint Peter's Church

The local church is dedicated to Saint Peter. It dates to the early 16th century, although the nave was vaulted in the Baroque style at a later date. The nave contains remains of frescos from the early 16th century. The sanctuary is also decorated with saints in the lower borders, apostles at window height, and evangelists and angels higher up, all by the painter Jernej of Loka dating to between 1525 and 1540.[10] The church altars date to the 18th century.[4][11]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ a b Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 64.
  3. ^ a b Intelligenzblatt zur Laibacher Zeitung, no. 141. 24 November 1849, p. 10.
  4. ^ a b c Savnik, Roman, ed. 1968. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 353.
  5. ^ a b Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, pp. 66–67.
  6. ^ Toporišič, Jože. 1992. Enciklopedija slovenskega jezika. Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba, p. 155.
  7. ^ Greenberg, Marc L. 2002. Zgodovinsko glasoslovje slovenskega jezika. Transl. Marta Pirnat-Greenberg. Maribor: Aristej, pp. 151–152.
  8. ^ Bodovlje Mass Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
  9. ^ Žajdela, Ivo (16 May 2004). "Odkop grobišča povojnih pobojev v Bodovljah Pri Škofji Loki". Družina. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  10. ^ Škofja Loka municipal declaration of local churches as cultural monuments, 23 May 2007 Archived 11 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Krajevni leksikon Dravske Banovine. 1937. Ljubljana: Zveza za tujski promet za Slovenijo, p. 586.

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