Muha Vas

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Muha Vas
Muha Vas is located in Slovenia
Muha Vas
Muha Vas
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°32′13.92″N 14°55′27.50″E / 45.5372000°N 14.9243056°E / 45.5372000; 14.9243056Coordinates: 45°32′13.92″N 14°55′27.50″E / 45.5372000°N 14.9243056°E / 45.5372000; 14.9243056
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionLower Carniola
Statistical regionSoutheast Slovenia
 • Total3.35 km2 (1.29 sq mi)
 • Total0

Muha Vas (pronounced [ˈmuːxa ˈʋaːs]; Slovene: Muha vas, in older sources also Gorenja Turkova Draga;[2] German: Oberfliegendorf;[2][3] Gottscheerish: Wliəgndoarf[4]) is a village in the Municipality of Kočevje in southern Slovenia. The area is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Southeast Slovenia Statistical Region.[5] It no longer has any permanent residents.[1]


Muha Vas was a Gottschee German village. It was attacked and laid waste in an Ottoman raid in 1491. In the land registry of 1574 it had two full farms divided into half farms and two tenant farmers. Due to their small farms and exposure to the danger of Ottoman raids, the farmers paid a low tax and performed corvée only one day per year.[6] The settlement had 11 houses in 1770, but only seven in 1825. The peak population of the village was 60 in 1880, but by 1910 this had declined to 36. In 1936 the village had nine houses and 46 residents (10 German, 8 Slovene, and 28 ethnically mixed). At that time, the economy of the village was based on subsistence agriculture and peddling. Schooling was offered in nearby Podlesje. The German inhabitants were evicted during the Second World War, on 18 December 1941.[4]

After the war, six of the nine houses in the village were still in usable condition, and there was a population of 15. The population had declined to nine people in four houses by 1948.[4] In 1961 only one house remained in the village, and by 1971 it was vacant and deteriorating.[6]


  1. ^ a b 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. 38.
  3. ^ Ferenc, Mitja. 2007. Nekdanji nemški jezikovni otok na kočevskem. Kočevje: Pokrajinski muzej, p. 4.
  4. ^ a b c Ferenc, Mitja, & Gojko Zupan. 2012. Izgubljene kočevske vasi, vol. 2 (K–P). Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani, pp. 159–160.
  5. ^ Kočevje municipal site
  6. ^ a b Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 233.

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