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Pasja vas (local name)
1911 postcard of Dekani
1911 postcard of Dekani
Dekani is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°32′48.95″N 13°48′52.54″E / 45.5469306°N 13.8145944°E / 45.5469306; 13.8145944Coordinates: 45°32′48.95″N 13°48′52.54″E / 45.5469306°N 13.8145944°E / 45.5469306; 13.8145944
Country  Slovenia
Traditional region Littoral
Statistical region Coastal–Karst
Municipality Koper
 • Total 6.01 km2 (2.32 sq mi)
Elevation 76.1 m (249.7 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 1,409

Dekani (pronounced [dɛˈkaːni]; Italian: Villa Decani) is a settlement in the City Municipality of Koper in the Littoral region of Slovenia.[2]


Dekani was first attested in written sources in 1328 as Decani (and in 1423 as Villae Canis). The name is derived from the noble family de Cani. Locally, the name was misunderstood as derived from Italian cane 'dog', leading to the local designation Pasja vas (literally, 'dog village'), the demonym Pesjan, and the associated adjective pesjanski.[3]


The local church is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, and was originally built in 1229 and remodeled at the end of the 15th century.[4]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia Archived November 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Koper municipal site
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 107.
  4. ^ Roman Catholic Diocese of Koper List of Churches May 2008 Archived March 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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