Soteska
Soteska
Soteska
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°5′36.64″N 14°34′19.12″E / 46.0935111°N 14.5719778°E / 46.0935111; 14.5719778Coordinates: 46°5′36.64″N 14°34′19.12″E / 46.0935111°N 14.5719778°E / 46.0935111; 14.5719778
Country
Slovenia
Traditional regionUpper Carniola
Statistical regionCentral Slovenia
MunicipalityLjubljana
Elevation286 m (938 ft)

Soteska (pronounced [sɔˈteːska]) is a formerly independent settlement in the northern part of the capital Ljubljana in central Slovenia.[2] It is part of the traditional region of Upper Carniola and is now included with the rest of the municipality in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region.[3]

Geography

Belinka Perkemija plant
Belinka Perkemija plant

Soteska lies north of the Sava River and is nestled against the southeast slope of Soteska Hill (Slovene: Soteški hrib, 406 m).[1][2] The Belinka Perkemija chemical company stands immediately east of the village.

Name

The name Soteska is derived from the Slovene common noun soteska 'gorge', 'ravine', or referring to a place where a valley meets the side of a hill or mountain, thus referring to the physical location of the settlement.[4]

History

Folk tradition says that a castle stood on the hill above the hamlet of Soteska and was destroyed by the Ottomans, but no trace of the structure remains today.[2] There is an old shrine in the village that is believed to be associated with the Ottomans.[1] Soteska was a popular excursion destination for Ljubljana residents before the Second World War.[1] Soteska was annexed by Šentjakob ob Savi in 1953, ending its existence as an independent settlement.[5][6] Šentjakob ob Savi itself was annexed by the City of Ljubljana in 1984.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Krajevni leksikon Dravske Banovine. 1937. Ljubljana: Zveza za tujski promet za Slovenijo, p. 343.
  2. ^ a b c Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 352.
  3. ^ Ljubljana municipal site
  4. ^ Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. p. 390.
  5. ^ "Uredba o razglasitvi novih naselij in o združitvi naselij". Uradni list Ljudske republike Slovenije. 9 (2): 30. January 30, 1953. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Spremembe naselij 1948–95. 1996. Database. Ljubljana: Geografski inštitut ZRC SAZU, DZS.