Javor, Ljubljana

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Javor is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°1′13.19″N 14°40′38.98″E / 46.0203306°N 14.6774944°E / 46.0203306; 14.6774944Coordinates: 46°1′13.19″N 14°40′38.98″E / 46.0203306°N 14.6774944°E / 46.0203306; 14.6774944
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Lower Carniola
Statistical region Central Slovenia
Municipality Ljubljana
 • Total 6.21 km2 (2.40 sq mi)
Elevation 514.8 m (1,689.0 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 170

Javor (pronounced [ˈjaːʋɔɾ]) is a settlement in central Slovenia. It lies in the hills east of the capital Ljubljana and 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.[2] In addition to the main settlement, it also includes the hamlets of Brezovar, Lanišče, Roje, Žagarski Vrh (Slovene: Žagarski vrh), Zavrharji, and Sevšek.[3]


Aslivka Creek rises east of the village, and then flows east to join Besnica Creek in Zgornja Besnica.


Javor and names like it (e.g., Javornik, Javorje, etc.) are derived from the Slovene common noun javor 'maple', thus referring to the local vegetation.[4]


Archaeological evidence attests to the early settlement of the area: above the village there is a flat Hallstatt burial site, which also contains Roman-era graves. There are prehistoric burial mounds located south of this. At Žagar Peak (Slovene: Žagarski vrh),[5] northwest of the main settlement, the microtoponym Na grmadi (literally, 'at the bonfire') is a reference to the bonfires that were lit as warnings during Ottoman attacks. A school was established in Javor in 1894, but classes were only offered on Sundays. A part-time school was established in 1901, and a full-time school in 1928. Lessons were held in a private house until a schoolhouse was built in 1941.[3]


Saint Anne's Church
Cemetery chapel (former church)
Church and chapel in Javor

The local parish church is dedicated to Saint Anne and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. The church was built between 1906 and 1908.[6] The former village church now serves as the chapel at the nearby cemetery, and was first mentioned in written sources in 1526.[3] The cemetery chapel is dedicated to Saint Martin.[7] Javor was made the seat of a parish in 1906.[3]



  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Ljubljana Municipality site
  3. ^ a b c d Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 362.
  4. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 175.
  5. ^ Žagar Peak on Pespoti.si
  6. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 1864
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 18690

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