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Ortnek is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°46′58.95″N 14°40′20.74″E / 45.7830417°N 14.6724278°E / 45.7830417; 14.6724278Coordinates: 45°46′58.95″N 14°40′20.74″E / 45.7830417°N 14.6724278°E / 45.7830417; 14.6724278
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionLower Carniola
Statistical regionSoutheast Slovenia
 • Total3.34 km2 (1.29 sq mi)
764.3 m (2,507.5 ft)
 • Total18

Ortnek (pronounced [ɔɾˈtnɛk]; German: Ortenegg[2]) is a settlement in the Municipality of Ribnica in southern Slovenia. The railway line from Ljubljana to Kočevje runs through the settlement and the village has a railway station. The area is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Southeast Slovenia Statistical Region.[3]

On a hill to the southwest of the settlement are the still visible ruins of Ortnek Castle, first mentioned in written documents dating to 1355, but built in the 13th century on a site that has also yielded Iron Age artefacts. The best preserved part of the castle is the 17th-century castle chapel, dedicated to Saint George (Slovene: sveti Jurij). The castle was abandoned in the 19th century.[4]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia Archived November 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 50.
  3. ^ Ribnica municipal site
  4. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage Archived July 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine reference numbers ešd 13405 & 2649

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