Vipavski Križ

Vipavski Križ
Sveti Križ (until 1955)
Vipavski Križ

Location in Slovenia

Coordinates: 45°52′51.82″N 13°51′41.87″E / 45.8810611°N 13.8616306°E / 45.8810611; 13.8616306Coordinates: 45°52′51.82″N 13°51′41.87″E / 45.8810611°N 13.8616306°E / 45.8810611; 13.8616306
Country Slovenia
Traditional region Littoral
Statistical region Gorizia
Municipality Ajdovščina
  Total 0.49 km2 (0.19 sq mi)
Elevation 177.7 m (583.0 ft)
Population (2002)
  Total 181

Vipavski Križ (pronounced [ʋiˈpaːu̯ski ˈkɾiːʃ]; Italian: Santa Croce di Aidussina) is a settlement on a small hill in the Vipava Valley in the Municipality of Ajdovščina in the Littoral region of Slovenia. It is one of the historically most interesting places in the area. There is evidence of habitation on the hill in the pre-Roman period. The settlement was first mentioned in written documents dating to the 13th century. The houses in the village are clustered inside a defence wall around a castle from the late 15th century. It was built to protect the residents against Ottoman raids. In 1532 Vipavski Križ was declared a town. In 1636 a Capuchin monastery with a rich library was founded in the town and it is now open to visitors.[2]


The name of the settlement was changed from Sveti Križ (literally, 'holy cross') to Vipavski Križ (literally, 'Vipava cross') in 1955.[3] The name was changed on the basis of the 1948 Law on Names of Settlements and Designations of Squares, Streets, and Buildings as part of efforts by Slovenia’s postwar communist government to remove religious elements from toponyms.[4][5]

Parish church

The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to the Exaltation of the Cross and belongs to the Diocese of Koper.[6]

Notable people


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. Ajdovščina municipal site
  3. Spremembe naselij 1948–95. 1996. Database. Ljubljana: Geografski inštitut ZRC SAZU, DZS.
  4. Premk, F. 2004. Slovenska versko-krščanska terminologija v zemljepisnih imenih in spremembe za čas 1921–1967/68. Besedoslovne lastnosti slovenskega jezika: slovenska zemljepisna imena. Ljubljana: Slavistično društvo Slovenije, pp. 113–132.
  5. Urbanc, Mimi & Matej Gabrovec. 2005. Krajevna imena: poligon za dokazovanje moči in odraz lokalne identitete. Geografski vestnik 77(2): 25–43.
  6. Koper Diocese list of churches
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