Zagorje ob Savi

Zagorje ob Savi (pronounced [zaˈɡoːɾjɛ ɔp ˈsaːʋi] (About this soundlisten); German: Sagor[2]) is a town in the Central Sava Valley in central Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Zagorje ob Savi. It is located in the valley of Medija Creek, a minor left tributary of the Sava River, 52 km (32 mi) east of Ljubljana 36 km (22 mi) southwest of Celje, and 6 km (4 mi) west of Trbovlje. The area is part of the traditional region of Upper Carniola. The entire municipality is now included in the Central Sava Statistical Region. The town is home to about 7,000 people.[3] It includes the hamlets of Toplice (German: Töplitz[2]) and Podvine.[4]

Zagorje ob Savi
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Coat of arms of Zagorje ob Savi
Coat of arms
Zagorje ob Savi is located in Slovenia
Zagorje ob Savi
Zagorje ob Savi
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°08′03″N 14°59′39″E / 46.13417°N 14.99417°E / 46.13417; 14.99417Coordinates: 46°08′03″N 14°59′39″E / 46.13417°N 14.99417°E / 46.13417; 14.99417
Country Slovenia
Traditional regionUpper Carniola
Statistical regionCentral Sava
MunicipalityZagorje ob Savi
 • Total2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
269.5 m (884.2 ft)
 • Total6,893


Zagorje was first mentioned as Sagor in written records of the Patriarchate of Aquileia dating to 1296. In written form it later also appears as Zaegor, Sager, Seger, and Cagoer.[5] The name of the settlement was changed from Zagorje to Zagorje ob Savi in 1955.[6] In the past the German name was Sagor.[2]


Zagorje in 1927

Archaeological evidence shows that the area was already settled in the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age.[7] In 1755 deposits of coal were discovered in the area and the town's economic development began. Coal mining was one of the area's main activities until 1995, when the last mines were closed.[3] In 2010, Zagorje ob Savi was heavily affected by floods.


The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. It is a Neo-Romanesque church built in 1873.[8]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ a b c Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 96.
  3. ^ a b Zagorje ob Savi municipal site
  4. ^ Savnik, Roman, ed. 1976. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 3. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. pp. 462–464.
  5. ^ Zagorje ob Savi municipal site: Zagorje nekoč (in Slovene)
  6. ^ Spremembe naselij 1948–95. 1996. Database. Ljubljana: Geografski inštitut ZRC SAZU, DZS.
  7. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 14622 & 14623
  8. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 2690

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