Sinja Gorica

Sinja Gorica
Sinja Gorica

Location in Slovenia

Coordinates: 45°58′48.96″N 14°19′16.99″E / 45.9802667°N 14.3213861°E / 45.9802667; 14.3213861Coordinates: 45°58′48.96″N 14°19′16.99″E / 45.9802667°N 14.3213861°E / 45.9802667; 14.3213861
Country Slovenia
Traditional region Inner Carniola
Statistical region Central Slovenia
Municipality Vrhnika
  Total 2.28 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
Elevation 289.3 m (949.1 ft)
Population (2002)
  Total 479

Sinja Gorica (pronounced [ˈsiːnja ɡɔˈɾiːtsa]; German: Schweinbüchl,[2] later Scheinbüchel[3]) is a settlement immediately northwest of Vrhnika in the Inner Carniola region of Slovenia.[4] The settlement consists of two parts: the older part stands to the southeast, built around the foot of a hill and along the road to Blatna Brezovica. The newer part, the hamlet of Sap, stands along the main road from Vrhnika to Ljubljana.[5]


Sinja Gorica was first mentioned in written sources in 1414 under the German name Sweinpuhel (literally, 'pig hill'), and as Sweinpůhel in 1418, Singa goriza in 1474, and Sweinpuhl in 1496. Based on the oldest transcriptions of the name, it is likely that the Slovene name is derived from the adjective *svinь(jь) 'pig' and that the name may have referred to a hill where pigs foraged. A less likely theory is that the German name was a mistranslation of the Slovene adjective sinji 'light blue', referring to pigmentation of the soil.[6] The settlement was known as Schweinbüchl in the past in German.[2] See also Svino, Vinje pri Moravčah, and Zavino for similar names.


Painting by Ladislav Benesch, 1883
View from west
Prophet Job Church

The local church in the settlement is dedicated to the Prophet Job and belongs to the Parish of Vrhnika.[7] The church was first mentioned in written sources in 1521[8] and was renovated in 1821.[5][8]


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. 1 2 Intelligenzblatt zur Laibacher Zeitung, no. 141. 24 November 1849, p. 12.
  3. Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 118.
  4. Vrhnika municipal site
  5. 1 2 Savnik, Roman, ed. 1968. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, pp. 451–452.
  6. Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 376.
  7. Družina RC Church in Slovenia Journal website
  8. 1 2 Krajevni leksikon Dravske Banovine. 1937. Ljubljana: Zveza za tujski promet za Slovenijo, p. 364.

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