Ivančna Gorica

Ivančna Gorica
Občina Ivančna Gorica
Settlement and Municipality

Landscape in the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica

Location of the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica in Slovenia
Ivančna Gorica

Location of the settlement of Ivančna Gorica in Slovenia

Coordinates: 45°56′14.59″N 14°48′10.58″E / 45.9373861°N 14.8029389°E / 45.9373861; 14.8029389Coordinates: 45°56′14.59″N 14°48′10.58″E / 45.9373861°N 14.8029389°E / 45.9373861; 14.8029389
Country  Slovenia
Traditional region Lower Carniola
Statistical region Central Slovenia
Municipality Ivančna Gorica
  Mayor Dušan Strnad
  Total 227.0 km2 (87.6 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
  Total 13,567
  Density 60/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)

Ivančna Gorica (pronounced [iˈʋaːntʃna ɡɔˈɾiːtsa]; in older sources also Vanjčina Gorica)[2] is a settlement and a municipality in central Slovenia. It is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region.[3]


The name Ivančna Gorica literally means 'Ivanko's hill', which is the name of a local hill. While the settlement was still a hamlet, it was known as Pod Ivančno gorico (literally, 'below Ivanko's hill').[4] Like similar names (e.g., Ivanjkovci, Spodnji Ivanjci, etc.), it is derived from the hypocorism *Ivanko, based on the personal name Ivan 'John'.[5]


Ivančna Gorica did not exist as a settlement until 1945, before which it was a hamlet of Stična and Mleščevo. After the Second World War, the spruce forest on Ivanko's Hill (Slovene: Ivančna gorica) was cleared and houses were built. The number of houses in the settlement grew rapidly during the 1960s.[4]

Church and shrine

Roman milestone

The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Joseph and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. A wayside shrine in the centre of the settlement known as the Abbot's shrine (Slovene: Opatovo znamenje) appears on the coat of arms of the municipality. It was a Roman milestone that was recarved in 1583 on the orders of Laurentius Rainer, the abbot of the Cistercian Abbey at nearby Stična.[6]

Notable people

Notable people that were born or lived in Ivančna Gorica include:


Akrapovič, a Slovenian firm manufacturing motorcycle exhaust systems, is based in Ivančna Gorica.


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002
  2. Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 103.
  3. Ivančna Gorica municipal site
  4. 1 2 3 Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 132.
  5. Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, pp. 170–171.
  6. "EŠD 700". Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage (in Slovenian). Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
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