|Traditional region||Inner Carniola|
|Statistical region||Littoral–Inner Carniola|
|• Total||5.09 km2 (1.97 sq mi)|
|Elevation||467.5 m (1,533.8 ft)|
The name Smrje is probably derived from *Smьrďane, a plural demonym from the Slavic common noun *smьrdъ 'simple man'. However, it may also be derived from the identical Slavic common noun *smьrdъ 'juniper' and may therefore refer to the local vegetation.
Smrje is the site of five known mass graves or unmarked graves the end of the Second World War. They all contain the remains of German soldiers from the 97th Corps that fell at the beginning of May 1945. The Ravence Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče Ravence) is located in a meadow 1,100 m south of Smrje and contains the remains of three soldiers. The Ločice 1 Mass Grave (Grobišče Ločice 1) lies in a swampy meadow 750 m south of the village and contains the remains of two soldiers. The adjacent Ločice 2 Mass Grave (Grobišče Ločice 2) lies on the edge of the meadow and contains the remains of 10 or 11 soldiers. The Breg Grave (Grobišče Breg) is located about 250 m northwest of the church and about 200 m north of the house at Smrje no. 5, and contains the remains of one soldier. The Rob Grave (Grobišče Rob) is located on the edge of a meadow 1 km southeast of the village and contains the remains of one soldier.
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
- Ilirska Bistrica municipal site
- Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 385.
- Ravence Mass Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
- Ločice 1 Mass Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
- Ločice 2 Mass Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
- Breg Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
- Rob Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
- Koper Diocese list of churches Archived 2009-03-06 at the Wayback Machine.
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