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Trbovlje - ulica Sallaumines, stanovanjski bloki.jpg
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Left to right, from top: apartment block at Sallaumines Street,
Trbovlje Chimney, Miners' Houses
Trbovlje is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°09′N 15°03′E / 46.150°N 15.050°E / 46.150; 15.050Coordinates: 46°09′N 15°03′E / 46.150°N 15.050°E / 46.150; 15.050
Country  Slovenia
Traditional region Styria
Statistical region Central Sava
Municipality Trbovlje
Settled 1220s
Incorporated 1850
 • Mayor Vili Treven (SD)
 • Total 12.6 km2 (4.9 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 307 m (1,007 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 14,842
 • Rank 9th, Slovenia
 • Density 1,179/km2 (3,050/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Postal code 1420
Area code(s) 03 (+386 3 from abroad)
Google Maps Trbovlje, Slovenia

Trbovlje (pronounced [tərˈbɔ̀ːwljɛ];[3] German: Trifail[4]) is Slovenia's ninth largest town, and the seat of the Municipality of Trbovlje. It is located in the valley of a minor left bank tributary of the Sava River in the Central Sava Valley in central-eastern Slovenia.


Trbovlje was attested in written sources in 1220–30 as Trefeul (and as Trevůl and Trevol in 1265–67, Triuella in 1302, Trifeul in 1325, Triueal in 1330, and Triuel in 1424). The name is a feminine plural noun in standard Slovene, but in the local dialect it is declined as a neuter singular adjective. This indicates that the name is derived from *Trěbovľe selo (literally, 'Trěbo's village'), referring to an early inhabitant of the place.[5] In the past the German name was Trifail.[4]


Coal started being mined at Beech Mountain (Slovene: Bukova gora, 547 meters or 1,795 feet) south of the town in 1804.[6] The town was connected to the Austrian Southern Railway in 1849, which contributed to its further development. During the 19th century, a cement plant, mechanical separator, sawmill, and power plant were built in Trbovlje.[6][7]

Poor social conditions in Trbovlje led to several strikes by mine workers, and the town became a center for the leftist movement and communist agitation.[6] On June 1, 1924 there was a clash between workers and members of the Organization of Yugoslav Nationalists that resulted in several fatalities on both sides.[8] In 1934, miners staged a sitdown strike in the mine.[6]

Second World War[edit]

During the Second World War, Trbovlje, along with the rest of Lower Styria, was annexed to the Third Reich.[9] The coal mine and other industry of Trbovlje was especially important to the German authorities, and they initially lowered unemployment in the town and increased wages, increasing satisfaction with the new regime.[10] However, the arrest and exile of Slovenes in August 1941 created disaffection. This and other repressive measures resulted in an estimated 90% of the population opposing the Germans by the summer of 1944.[10]

Mass grave[edit]

The Abandoned Cemetery Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče na opuščenem pokopališču) site, associated with World War II, is located in the former cemetery in the northern part of the town, between the fence and Trboveljščica Creek. It is also known as the Town Park Mass Grave (Grobišče Mestni park), and it contains the remains of about 30 German soldiers.[11][12]


The Trbovlje Museum (Slovene: Zasavski Muzej Trbovlje) has a large section dedicated to the history of mining.[13] The Slovenian industrial band Laibach also originated in Trbovlje.[14]

The Trbovlje Student Club organization (Slovene: Klub trboveljskih študentov) holds various events.


Trbovlje is known for its long coal mining history. Trbovlje is also known for Trbovlje Power Station, which is the location of European Union's tallest chimney at 360 meters.

Parishes and churches[edit]

Two Roman Catholic parishes have their seat in Trbovlje: the Parish of Trbovlje–St. Martin and the Parish of Trbovlje–St. Mary. Both belong to the Diocese of Celje.[15][16]

The Parish Church of St. Martin was originally a Romanesque church, of which part of the nave survives. The sanctuary is Gothic and in the 18th century a Baroque belfry and chapel were added. In the 19th century the nave was extended.[17] A second church of the Parish of Trbovlje–St. Martin in the western end of town is dedicated to Saint Nicholas and was built in the 18th century.[18]

The Parish of Trbovlje–St. Mary in the southern part of the town was established only in 2000. Its parish church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. It was built from 1998 to 2000 according to plans by the architect Jože Marinko. Stained glasses, paintings, and the Stations of the Cross were created by the academy-trained painter Lojze Čemažar. The church was blessed in August 2000 and consecrated in October 2007.[19]

A significant portion of Trbovlje's populace today describe themselves as atheists, in third place behind Catholic and "no response."[20]

Twin places[edit]

  • France Sallaumines, northern France. The two mining places are twins since 1964. There is a street in Sallaumines named Trbovlje, and a street in Trbovlje named Sallaumines. There are also regular exchanges of schoolchildren between them.[21]


  1. ^ a b "Trbovlje, Trbovlje". Statistical Office of Slovenia. 2013. 
  2. ^ "Height above sea level of seats of municipalities" (in Slovene and English). Statistical Office of Slovenia. 2002. 
  3. ^ "Slovenski pravopis 2001: Trbovlje". 
  4. ^ a b Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 4: Štajersko. 1904. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 58.
  5. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, pp. 434–435.
  6. ^ a b c d Gorjanc, Boris. 1999. Trbovlje: Zgodovina. In: Enciklopedija Slovenije, vol. 13, p. 318. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga.
  7. ^ Trbovlje. 1998. Veliki splošni leksikon, vol. 8, p. 4448. Ljubljana: DZS.
  8. ^ Perovšek, Jure. 1994. Orjuna. In: Enciklopedija Slovenije, vol. 8, pp. 157–158. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga.
  9. ^ Magocsi, Paul Robert. 1993. Historical Atlas of East Central Europe. Seattle: University of Washington Press, p. 153.
  10. ^ a b Troha, Nevenka. 1999. Trbovlje: Zgodovina. In: Enciklopedija Slovenije, vol. 13, pp. 318–319. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga.
  11. ^ Ferenc, Mitja, & Ksenija Kovačec-Naglič. 2005. Prikrito in očem zakrito: prikrita grobišča 60 let po koncu druge svetovne vojne. Celje: Muzej novejše zgodovine Celje, p. 124.
  12. ^ Abandoned Cemetery Mass Grave on Geopedia (Slovene)
  13. ^ "Trbovlje Museum website" (in Slovenian). 
  14. ^ Laibach industrial band website
  15. ^ Parish of Trbovlje–St. Martin (Slovene)
  16. ^ Parish of Trbovlje–St. Mary (Slovene)
  17. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 3455
  18. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 3458
  19. ^ Šneberger, Boštjan (4 November 2007). "Sad sodelovanja" [The Fruit of Cooperation]. (in Slovenian). 
  20. ^ "Population by religion, municipalities, Slovenia". 2002. 
  21. ^ Rogelj, Ajda (5 April 2013). "Ali ste vedeli ... da so ulico v Trbovljah poimenovali Sallaumines" [Did You Know... That a Street in Trbovlje Has Been Named Sallaumines]. Rodna gruda (in Slovenian). Združenje Slovenska izseljenska matica. 

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