Bezovica, Vojnik

Bezovica (pronounced [bɛzɔˈʋiːtsa]) is a small settlement in the Municipality of Vojnik in eastern Slovenia. The area is part of the traditional region of Styria. It is now included with the rest of the municipality in the Savinja Statistical Region.[2]

Bezovica is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°17′31.38″N 15°21′3″E / 46.2920500°N 15.35083°E / 46.2920500; 15.35083Coordinates: 46°17′31.38″N 15°21′3″E / 46.2920500°N 15.35083°E / 46.2920500; 15.35083
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionStyria
Statistical regionSavinja
 • Total1.01 km2 (0.39 sq mi)
301 m (988 ft)
 • Total46


Bezovica is a scattered settlement along the upper course of Bezovičica Creek, a tributary of the Ložnica River, and on the ridge north of the valley along the road to Ivenca. The soil in the area is sandy and partially loamy.[3]


The name Bezovica is derived from the Slavic common noun *bъzъ 'elder', thus originally referring to the vegetation. Similar names based on the same root are common in Slovenian ethnic territory (e.g., Basovizza in Italy and Bezgovica) as well as in other Slavic areas (e.g., Bazje in Croatia, Bzová in the Czech Republic, etc.).[4]

Mass graveEdit

Bezovica is the site of a mass grave from the period immediately after the Second World War. The Bezovica Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče Bezovica) is located in a meadow and in a woods between the Preložnik farm (locally known as the Rihtar farm) and the Krameršek farm. It contains the remains of six German and Slovene civilians murdered in June 1945.[5]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Vojnik municipal site
  3. ^ Savnik, Roman (1976). Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 3. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 80.
  4. ^ Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. p. 54.
  5. ^ Ferenc, Mitja (December 2009). "Grobišče Bezovica". Geopedia (in Slovenian). Ljubljana: Služba za vojna grobišča, Ministrstvo za delo, družino in socialne zadeve. Retrieved April 6, 2020.

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