Slovenska Bistrica

Slovenska Bistrica (pronounced [slɔˈʋeːnska ˈbiːstɾitsa] (audio speaker iconlisten); German: Windisch-Feistritz) is a town south of Maribor in eastern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Slovenska Bistrica, one of the largest municipalities in Slovenia. The area is part of the traditional region of Styria. The town is included in the Drava Statistical Region.

Slovenska Bistrica
Windisch-Feistritz
Liberty Square (Trg svobode), the central square in Slovenska Bistrica
Liberty Square (Trg svobode), the central square in Slovenska Bistrica
Coat of arms of Slovenska Bistrica
Slovenska Bistrica is located in Slovenia
Slovenska Bistrica
Slovenska Bistrica
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°23′25″N 15°34′30″E / 46.39028°N 15.57500°E / 46.39028; 15.57500Coordinates: 46°23′25″N 15°34′30″E / 46.39028°N 15.57500°E / 46.39028; 15.57500
Country Slovenia
Traditional regionStyria
Statistical regionDrava
MunicipalitySlovenska Bistrica
Area
 • Total7.97 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Elevation
274.9 m (901.9 ft)
Population
 (2019)[1]
 • Total8,118
Vehicle registrationMB

HistoryEdit

The town was established in the 13th century on the trade road between Maribor and Celje. It was granted market rights in 1313. It was originally called just Bistrica. The present name of Slovenska Bistrica (German: Windisch-Feistritz) first appears in records dating from 1565.[2]

Before 1918, the town had a German-speaking majority (in the last Austrian census of 1910, 57.7% of the inhabitants declared German as their language of daily communication), while the surroundings were almost exclusively Slovene-speaking.[3]

DemographicsEdit

The town has a population of 8,016 (in 2018). Many locals commute to Maribor for work, less than an hour's drive away.

LandmarksEdit

The town offers several interesting sights, including Bistrica Castle, churches, a Roman road, Ančnik fort (an Ancient Roman fort) and more. It is also a good starting point for people wishing to hike on Mount Boč, a nearby mountain peak and park.

Parish churchEdit

The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew (Slovene: sveti Jernej) and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor. It is first mentioned in written documents dating to 1240, but was greatly rebuilt and extended in the Baroque style in the 18th century. The belfry dates to the 19th century.[4] Two other larger churches in the town are dedicated to Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows and Saint Joseph. They date to the 15th and 18th centuries.[4]

Notable peopleEdit

Notable people that were born or lived in Slovenska Bistrica include the following:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Naselje Slovenska Bistrica". Statistični urad Republike Slovenije. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "Uradna spletna stran Občine Slovenska Bistrica". Slovenska-bistrica.si. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ a b [2] Archived July 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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