Col (pronounced [ˈtsɔu̯]; archaic Podvelb, Italian: Zolla, German: Zoll) is a settlement on the edge of a karst plateau overlooking the Vipava Valley in the Municipality of Ajdovščina in the traditional Inner Carniola region of Slovenia. It is now generally regarded as part of the Slovenian Littoral. A Roman road led through the settlement. Its location overlooking the valley on the main route leading inland was used in the Middle Ages and later as a checkpoint between the Littoral region and Carniola. Trilek Castle is located on the eastern outskirts of the village.
|Traditional region||Inner Carniola|
|• Total||2.62 km2 (1.01 sq mi)|
|Elevation||611.3 m (2,005.6 ft)|
The settlement was first attested in written sources as Zoll oder Podgweld and Zoll oder Podgwelb in 1763–1787. The Slovene name Col is borrowed from Middle High German zol (modern German Zoll) 'toll' or 'customs duty'. Col is located on the border between the historical Habsburg crown lands of Carniola and Gorizia and was a collection point for tolls. Col was originally known as Podvelb (German: Podgwelb; literally, 'below the arch') in reference to a castle that formerly stood near Saint Leonard's Church.
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
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- Ajdovščina municipal site Archived 2011-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
- Savnik, Roman (1968). Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 21.
- Koper Diocese list of churches Archived March 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
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