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Ruše is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°32′18.87″N 15°30′55.44″E / 46.5385750°N 15.5154000°E / 46.5385750; 15.5154000Coordinates: 46°32′18.87″N 15°30′55.44″E / 46.5385750°N 15.5154000°E / 46.5385750; 15.5154000
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Styria
Statistical region Drava
Municipality Ruše
 • Total 2.36 km2 (0.91 sq mi)
Elevation 307.7 m (1,009.5 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 4,457
Climate Cfb

Ruše (pronounced [ˈɾuːʃɛ]; German: Maria Rast) is a small town in northeastern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Ruše and lies on the right bank of the Drava River west of Maribor. The area was part of the traditional region of Styria. It is now included in the Drava Statistical Region.[2]


Ruše was mentioned in written sources in 1091 as Rovste (and as Roiste in 1184 and Råst in 1372, among other names). The name developed from the plural demonym *Rovьščane, derived from *rovъ 'ditch, trench', thus referring to people living near such a feature.[3]


The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor. It was first mentioned in written documents dating to 1387, but was destroyed in an Ottoman raid in 1532. It was rebuilt soon after and then extended in the 17th century. The church was damaged by fire in 1779.[4]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Ruše municipal site
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 363.
  4. ^ Curk, Jože (1970). "Zgodovina urbanizacije v severovzhodni Sloveniji" [The History of Urbanisation in Northeastern Slovenia]. Časopis za zgodovino in narodopisje (in Slovenian): 272. ISSN 0590-5966. COBISS 20851768. 

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