Vinje pri Moravčah

Vinje pri Moravčah
Svinje (until 1955)
Vinje pri Moravčah

Location in Slovenia

Coordinates: 46°9′38.37″N 14°44′3.48″E / 46.1606583°N 14.7343000°E / 46.1606583; 14.7343000Coordinates: 46°9′38.37″N 14°44′3.48″E / 46.1606583°N 14.7343000°E / 46.1606583; 14.7343000
Country Slovenia
Traditional region Upper Carniola
Statistical region Central Slovenia
Municipality Moravče
  Total 2.03 km2 (0.78 sq mi)
Elevation 394 m (1,293 ft)
Population (2002)
  Total 71

Vinje pri Moravčah (pronounced [ˈʋiːnjɛ pɾi mɔˈɾaːu̯tʃax]; German: Swine[2]) is a small settlement in the Municipality of Moravče in central Slovenia. Traditionally the area was part of Upper Carniola. It is now included with the rest of the municipality in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region.[3] The settlement includes the hamlet of Rožek.[4]


The Slovene name of the settlement was originally Svinje (sometimes Svine).[4] The name was first attested in written sources in 1260 as Sweinz (and as Swinak in 1329, Zwinack in 1348, and Swein in 1439). The name Svinje is believed to derive from the Slovene common noun svinja 'pig', referring to the fact that pigs were raised in the settlement.[5] An alternate theory suggests that the name was derived from So-vine 'group of vineyards'.[4] The name was changed from Svinje to Vinje pri Moravčah (evoking 'wine') as an ameliorative semantic change in 1955.[5][6] See also Sinja Gorica, Svino, and Zavino for similar names.

Rožek Castle

The ruins of Rožek Castle, first mentioned in written documents in 1247,[4] can still be seen near the settlement. It was damaged in the peasant revolt of 1515.[7] The castle owners, the Gall family, became fervent Protestants and a number of prominent Protestant figures were buried in the castle chapel. When the castle started to deteriorate in the 17th century, the castle dwellers relocated to other castles in Moravče and Češnjice pri Moravčah.[4]


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. Intelligenzblatt zur Laibacher Zeitung, no. 141. 24 November 1849, p. 22.
  3. Moravče municipal site
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 109.
  5. 1 2 Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 404.
  6. Spremembe naselij 1948–95. 1996. Database. Ljubljana: Geografski inštitut ZRC SAZU, DZS.
  7. Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 16688

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