Vodmat (pronounced [ˈʋoːdmat]; in older sources also Udmat,[2][3] German: Udmath[2]) is a formerly independent settlement in the eastern part of the capital Ljubljana in central Slovenia. It is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included with the rest of the municipality in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region.[4]

Historical postcard of Vodmat
Historical postcard of Vodmat
Vodmat is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°3′16″N 14°31′52″E / 46.05444°N 14.53111°E / 46.05444; 14.53111
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionLower Carniola
Statistical regionCentral Slovenia
[1]: 290 
290 m (950 ft)


Vodmat lies immediately east of the historical center of Ljubljana, south of the railroad to Moste, on either side of the railroad to Lower Carniola, and extending past the Ljubljanica River to the south, into the area north of the Gruber Canal, encompassing the Kodeljevo neighborhood and Kodeljevo Castle[1]: 375  (Slovene: Kodeljev grad, German: Thurn an der Laibach).[3]


Vodmat is locally known as Udmat. The name is originally a hydronym, derived from Slavic *vodomǫtъ 'turbid, cloudy water', and probably refers to a stream that clouded the water that it emptied into. An alternate but less likely theory derives the name from the participle *odъmǫt- 'grown around'. Toponyms of the same origin include Udmat in Slovenia, and Wudmath (Slovene: Vudmat) and Admont in Austria.[5]


Vodmat developed from an old farming village that already existed in the Middle Ages. After the 1895 Ljubljana earthquake, Vodmat started being built up with single-story housing for workers and civil servants.[6] Agriculture was abandoned in Vodmat by the early 20th century due to urbanization.[1]: 375  The part of Vodmat lying west of the railroad to Lower Carniola was annexed by the City of Ljubljana in 1896. This was then known as Stari Vodmat 'old Vodmat', distinguishing it from Novi Vodmat 'new Vodmat' east of the railroad and outside the city limits. The remainder of Vodmat was annexed by the City of Ljubljana in 1935, ending its existence as an independent settlement.[1]: 367, 375 

Notable peopleEdit

Notable people that were born or lived in Vodmat include:


  1. ^ a b c d e Krajevni leksikon Dravske Banovine. 1937. Ljubljana: Zveza za tujski promet za Slovenijo.
  2. ^ a b "Uebersicht der in Folge a. h. Entschließung vom 26. Juli 1849 genehmigten provisorischen Gerichtseintheilung des Kronlandes Krain". Intelligenzblatt zur Laibacher Zeitung. No. 141. November 24, 1849. p. 11.
  3. ^ a b Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, pp. 110–111.
  4. ^ Ljubljana municipal site
  5. ^ Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. p. 445.
  6. ^ Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, pp. 337–338.

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