Sveti Tomaž, Škofja Loka

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Sveti Tomaž

Tomaž nad Praprotnim (1955–2000)
St. Thomas church on a winter morning.jpg
Sveti Tomaž is located in Slovenia
Sveti Tomaž
Sveti Tomaž
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°11′2.53″N 14°14′41.73″E / 46.1840361°N 14.2449250°E / 46.1840361; 14.2449250Coordinates: 46°11′2.53″N 14°14′41.73″E / 46.1840361°N 14.2449250°E / 46.1840361; 14.2449250
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionUpper Carniola
Statistical regionUpper Carniola
MunicipalityŠkofja Loka
Area
 • Total1.11 km2 (0.43 sq mi)
Elevation
647.8 m (2,125.3 ft)
Population
 (2002)
 • Total55
[1]

Sveti Tomaž (pronounced [ˈsʋeːti tɔˈmaːʃ]; German: Sankt Thomas[2]) is a small settlement in the Municipality of Škofja Loka in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.

Name[edit]

The name of the settlement was changed from Sveti Tomaž (literally, 'Saint Thomas') to Tomaž nad Praprotnim (literally, 'Thomas above Praprotno') in 1955. The name was changed on the basis of the 1948 Law on Names of Settlements and Designations of Squares, Streets, and Buildings as part of efforts by Slovenia's postwar communist government to remove religious elements from toponyms.[3][4][5] The name Sveti Tomaž was restored in 2000.[6] In the past the German name was Sankt Thomas.[2]

Church[edit]

Saint Thomas's Church

The original church in the settlement, dedicated to Saint Thomas, was a Romanesque structure with a square nave and a rounded apse. The remains of this are still visible in the corner of the sanctuary. The surviving sanctuary is mostly Gothic, dating to around 1500. The church was rebuilt a number of times, most extensively in 1848 when three layers of frescos were revealed, the oldest dating to the early 14th century, the second layer to around 1400, and the top layer to the early 16th century.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 62.
  3. ^ Spremembe naselij 1948–95. 1996. Database. Ljubljana: Geografski inštitut ZRC SAZU, DZS.
  4. ^ Premk, F. 2004. Slovenska versko-krščanska terminologija v zemljepisnih imenih in spremembe za čas 1921–1967/68. Besedoslovne lastnosti slovenskega jezika: slovenska zemljepisna imena. Ljubljana: Slavistično društvo Slovenije, pp. 113–132.
  5. ^ Urbanc, Mimi, & Matej Gabrovec. 2005. Krajevna imena: poligon za dokazovanje moči in odraz lokalne identitete. Geografski vestnik 77(2): 25–43.
  6. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia: Sv. Tomaž
  7. ^ Škofja Loka municipal declaration of local churches as cultural monuments, 23 May 2007 Archived 11 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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