Pekel, Maribor

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Pekel is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°35′6.81″N 15°40′41.89″E / 46.5852250°N 15.6783028°E / 46.5852250; 15.6783028Coordinates: 46°35′6.81″N 15°40′41.89″E / 46.5852250°N 15.6783028°E / 46.5852250; 15.6783028
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Styria
Statistical region Drava
Municipality Maribor
 • Total 1.98 km2 (0.76 sq mi)
Elevation 374 m (1,227 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 135

Pekel (pronounced [ˈpɛːkəu̯] or [ˈpɛkəu̯]) is a settlement north of Maribor in northeastern Slovenia. It belongs to the City Municipality of Maribor.[2]


Pekel was attested in written sources circa 1500 as in der Hell. The name is pronounced Pêkel (corresponding to the dialect pronunciation of the common noun pêkel 'Hell') rather than the more standard Pekèl. Across Slovenia there are many oronyms, regional names, and microptoponyms named Pekel. In folk geography, the name was used to metaphorically designate chasms, caves, shafts, and other narrow, dark places; for example, in Kropa there is an oeconym Pekel originally referring to a blacksmith's shop. Semantically related names in Slovenia include Devil's Hole (Slovene: Vragova luknja) in the settlement of Okrog and Devil's Ravine (Slovene: Hudičev graben) in the settlement of Parož.[3] See also Pekel, Trebnje and Hell Cave.


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Maribor municipal site
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 303.

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