Občina Šentjernej
Town and Municipality

Location of the Municipality of Šentjernej in Slovenia

Location of the Town of Šentjernej in Slovenia

Coordinates: 45°50′N 15°20′E / 45.833°N 15.333°E / 45.833; 15.333Coordinates: 45°50′N 15°20′E / 45.833°N 15.333°E / 45.833; 15.333
Country  Slovenia
  Mayor Radko Luzar
  Total 96.0 km2 (37.1 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
  Total 6,583
  Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)

Šentjernej (pronounced [ʃɛnˈtjɛːɾnɛi̯] or [ʃənˈtjɛːɾnɛi̯]; in older sources also Šent Jernej,[2] German: Sankt Bartlmä[2]) is a small town and a municipality in southeastern Slovenia. The area was traditionally part of Lower Carniola. It is now included in the Southeast Slovenia Statistical Region.[3]

The parish church, from which the town also gets its name, is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew (Slovene: sveti Jernej) and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Novo Mesto. It is a Baroque building with remains of two earlier churches, one Romanesque from the 12th century and the other a 15th-century Gothic one, preserved in the floor of the current building. Two 18th-century side altars were brought to the church from the Cistercian monastery at Kostanjevica.[4]

Twin towns — Sister cities

Šentjernej is twinned with:


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002
  2. 1 2 Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 72.
  3. Šentjernej municipal site
  4. Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference numbers 2433
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