Gorenja Vas, Gorenja Vas–Poljane

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Gorenja Vas
Gorenja Vas
Gorenja Vas
Gorenja Vas is located in Slovenia
Gorenja Vas
Gorenja Vas
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°6′24.68″N 14°8′42.28″E / 46.1068556°N 14.1450778°E / 46.1068556; 14.1450778Coordinates: 46°6′24.68″N 14°8′42.28″E / 46.1068556°N 14.1450778°E / 46.1068556; 14.1450778
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Upper Carniola
Statistical region Upper Carniola
Municipality Gorenja Vas–Poljane
 • Total 5.9 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Elevation 423.7 m (1,390.1 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 1,155

Gorenja Vas (pronounced [ɡɔˈɾeːnja ˈʋaːs]; Slovene: Gorenja vas, German: Goreinawas[2]) is a settlement in the Poljane Sora Valley and the administrative centre of the Municipality of Gorenja Vas–Poljane in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.[3] In addition to the settlement core of Gorenja Vas itself, the settlement also consists of the hamlets of Sestranska Vas (Slovene: Sestranska vas) north of the Poljane Sora River, and Trata and Lajše south of the settlement core.[4]

Religious heritage[edit]

John the Baptist Church

The parish church is dedicated to the martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist. It dates to the second half of the 17th century and was built on the site of a smaller chapel. It was remodeled in the 18th century, when the nave was extended, the side chapels were walled in, and the current belfry and main facade were created. Paintings dating to circa 1700 decorate the nave and presbytery. The main altar is late Baroque; it has been reworked several times and has paintings by Janez Wolf (1825–1884) and Matija Bradaška (1852–1915).[5][6]

Notable people[edit]

Notable people that were born or lived in Gorenja Vas include:

  • Anton Dolinar (1894–1953), musician[4]
  • Ignacij Oblak (1834–1916), wood carver and gilder[4]
  • Ivan Poljanec (1855–1933), wood carver[4]
  • Ivan Regen (1868–1947), biologist[7]


  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, p. 64.
  3. ^ Gorenja Vas–Poljane municipal site
  4. ^ a b c d Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 360.
  5. ^ Cultural Heritage in the Municipality of Gorenja Vas–Poljane (in Slovene)
  6. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 2580
  7. ^ Jovan Hadži. "Janez Regen." Slovenski biografski leksikon 1925–1991. Electronic edition. Ljubljana: SAZU, 2009. (in Slovene)

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