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Leše (pronounced [ˈleːʃɛ]) is a village in the Municipality of Tržič in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.

Skyline of Leše
Leše is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°21′16.27″N 14°15′22.43″E / 46.3545194°N 14.2562306°E / 46.3545194; 14.2562306Coordinates: 46°21′16.27″N 14°15′22.43″E / 46.3545194°N 14.2562306°E / 46.3545194; 14.2562306
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionUpper Carniola
Statistical regionUpper Carniola
518.9 m (1,702.4 ft)
 • Total210



Leše was attested in written sources in 1040 as silva que Leschahc nuncupator (and as predium Lêscah in 1050–63, and Loschach and Leschach in 1498). The name is derived from the plural demonym Lěščane, derived from the word lěska 'hazel'. The name thus originally means 'people living by the hazel grove'.[2]


During the Second World War, the school in Leše was burned by the Partisans in 1944. A new school was built after the war.[3]


The local church is dedicated to Saint James (Slovene: sveti Jakob). It dates from 1822 and contains paintings by Matija Bradaška (1852–1915).[3]

Notable peopleEdit

Notable people that were born or lived in Leše, or with ancestry from Leše, include:


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 232.
  3. ^ a b c Savnik, Roman, ed. 1968. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 440.
  4. ^ Sunita Williams in her ancestors' homeland one more time, Delo, March 26, 2013

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