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Matajur (pronounced [mataˈjuːɾ]) is a 1,642-meter (5,387 ft) mountain in the Julian Alps on the border between Italy and Slovenia. It is located on the border between the Soča Valley and the Italian mountainous region known as Venetian Slovenia, with views over the Adriatic Sea. Its prominence is 1,385 meters (4,544 ft).

Matajur v ozadju.jpg
View of Matajur from the village of Borjana (southwestern Slovenia)
Highest point
Elevation1,650 m (5,410 ft)
Prominence1,385 m (4,544 ft)
Coordinates46°12′44″N 13°31′45″E / 46.21222°N 13.52917°E / 46.21222; 13.52917Coordinates: 46°12′44″N 13°31′45″E / 46.21222°N 13.52917°E / 46.21222; 13.52917
Matajur is located in Alps
Location in the Alps
LocationSlovenia / Italy
Parent rangeJulian Alps and Prealps


Matajur was attested as Mons Regis circa 680, and as in Monte Majori in 1275. The Slovene name Matajur is derived via vowel harmony or akanye from *Motajur (< Mǫtmajur), which was borrowed from a Friulian name that developed from Romance Monte(m) maiōre(m) 'higher mountain'. It is known as Mat'jur in the local dialect, and in Friulian as Mòntmaiôr or Mataiûr (a reborrowing from Slovene).[1]


On 26 October 1917, Oberleutnant Erwin Rommel captured the mountain during the battle of Caporetto of World War I.

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  1. ^ Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. p. 254.

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