Dobrina, Šentjur

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Dobrina is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°9′1.39″N 15°29′9.56″E / 46.1503861°N 15.4859889°E / 46.1503861; 15.4859889Coordinates: 46°9′1.39″N 15°29′9.56″E / 46.1503861°N 15.4859889°E / 46.1503861; 15.4859889
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Styria
Statistical region Savinja
Municipality Šentjur
 • Total 4.43 km2 (1.71 sq mi)
Elevation 525.2 m (1,723.1 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 211

Dobrina (pronounced [dɔˈbɾiːna]) is a settlement in the Municipality of Šentjur in eastern Slovenia. The area is part of the historical region of Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja Statistical Region.[2] It includes the hamlets of Brode, Drenovc, Glažuta, Hrastje, Svetilka, and Žusem.[3]


Dobrina was first mentioned in written sources circa 1480 as Dobring, Dobryn, and Dobrin. The name is derived from the shortened personal name *Dobrъ and thus literally means 'Dobrъ's village'. The personal name *Dobrъ is based on the Slavic adjective *dobrъ 'good'.[4]:112

The hamlet of Žusem was first attested in 1202 as Sůzzenheim (and as Sůzzenhaim in 1208). The Slovene name is derived from Middle High German, which also yielded the 19th-century German name Süssenheim. The name is a compound of Middle High German süze 'sweet' + heim 'house, dwelling, home'.[4]:493


Until the Second World War, the hamlet of Žusem was an independent settlement. Together with Žusem Castle (German: Süssenheim), it was a fief of Krško. It belonged to the Lords of Süssenheim from 1203 to 1478, with short periods of ownership by the Counts of Celje. After this it was the property of the imperial governors; Leopold Fieglmüller had the castle razed in 1876.[3]


The local parish church, built on a hill south of Žusem Castle, a 12th-century castle abandoned in 1871, is known as Žusem Parish. It is dedicated to Saint Valentine and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. It was built in the early 18th century on the site of a 16th-century predecessor. The belfry dates to 1894. Right next to it is a second church, dedicated to Saint James (Slovene: sveti Jakob). It is a mid-15th-century Gothic building with a 17th-century belfry.[5]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Šentjur municipal site
  3. ^ a b Savnik, Roman, ed. 1976. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 3. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. pp. 324–325.
  4. ^ a b Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC.
  5. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference numbers ešd 3544 & 3545

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