ŠENTJUR

Slovenia

Šentjur is a town in eastern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Šentjur. The town lies on the Voglajna River east of Celje. The area is part of the traditional region of Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja Statistical Region.

Country Slovenia
Government
 • MayorMarko Diaci
Area
 • Total222.3 km  (85.8 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total18,470
 • Density83/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02 (CEST)

The Municipality of Šentjur is among the largest in Slovenia. With a surface area of 222.3 km² (54,931 acres) and a population of around 20,000, it comes in at twenty-third and twentieth place, respectively, in the country.

It is located in the south-eastern part of Slovenia and is part of the Savinjsko statistical region. It borders on 11 municipalities, of which only two are more populated and expand over a larger area. It has 13 local communities and 108 settlements. The traffic infrastructure is good in terms of both roads and railway. In Šentjur there is an intersection of the roads from Celje to Rogaška Slatina, Sevnica and Podčetrtek. In Dramlje there is a slip road to the Maribor – Ljubljana motorway. The municipality has five railway stations: in Šentjur, where the Southern Railway Museum displays a rich collection of archives and rail devices from 1844 onwards; in Grobelno where there is a rail intersection; in Ponikva, Ostrožno, and Dolga Gora.

The town of Šentjur is the centre of the municipality and also the administrative, as well as demographic and employment centre.

The hilly municipality stretches from the vineyards of Dramlje and Dolga Gora on the north to the forests of Bohor and Veliki Javornik which is the highest peak (1023 m or 3,356 feet above sea level) on the south. The landscape has two drainage areas, numerous brooks, ponds in Blagovna, a thermal spring in Dobrina that is known to have healing properties and the lake Slivniško jezero in the central part making this a municipality abundant in water. The Karst features that can be seen in Ponikva and Planina pri Sevnici give the area a certain charm. The southern part with its unspoilt nature extends to Kozjansko National Park.

The municipality has been inhabited since prehistoric times, evidenced by the various objects from the Neolithic period that have been found there. The younger settlements were found in the archaeological sites in Gradec pri Praprotnem, Tinje, Loka pri Žusmu and Rifnik. All of them are located south of Šentjur. The latter has been thoroughly explored and is an archaeological park. All of the finds from that area are on display in the museum “Rifnik and its treasures” that is located in Zgornji trg square in Šentjur. Other periods of history are represented by a number of museum collections and cultural monuments. Several prominent citizens from this area played an important role in the development and recognition of the municipality: the first Slovene to be Beatified, Anton Martin Slomšek; the Ipavec dynasty of composers and doctors; the cartographer and geographer Blaž Kocen; the freedom fighter Franjo Malgaj who fought for the northern border and many others including the folk hero, Franc Guzaj who was a real life Robin Hood from the Kozjansko region who took it from the rich and gave it to the poor.

The hilly landscape provides good conditions for the development of modern agricultural production with an emphasis on animal husbandry, horticulture and viticulture. In the past good transport links enabled the growth of industry. Even today, with the help of equally important factors such as spatial possibilities, willpower and an in depth knowledge of the local population, contribute to rapid development and facilitate entrepreneurship in the processing industry, commerce and various other businesses in the trade and industrial zone in Šentjur, as well as elsewhere in the municipality.

Also tourism, mainly farm tourism, has gradually developed in the municipality. The natural environment is relatively well preserved and offers many opportunities for leisure activities (biking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing …). It is possible to attend many cultural, sports and tourist events, which take place in the municipality throughout the year. All these factors contribute to the growing number of tourists who gladly return to the area.

The establishment of RAK – Kozjansko Development Agency has been beneficial. The agency provides assistance and information to municipalities, businesses, craftsmen, farmers, associations and other interested parties, in relation to national and European tenders; all of which give an opportunity for the entrepreneurs, agriculture and tourism to develop.

Also industry in the area is developing, with a focus on the metalworking industry. A series of large and small companies have opened, that have won recognition in the demanding European and world markets.

Sights

Rifnik Archaeological Park

The hill above Šentjur, which has been inhabited since the Neolithic era, is now converted into an archaeological park at the site of the largest late antique settlement in Slovenia.

Rifnik Archaeological Park

Lake Slivniško jezero

Near Gorica pri Slivnici, by the road to Podčetrtek there is lake, Slivniško jezero with an area of 84 hectares, or the Kozjansko Sea as it is jokingly called by many.  The lake is 5 km long and half a kilometre wide.  It was created in 1976 by damming the Dobrina and Ločnica streams.

Lake Slivniško jezero

Church of St. Oswald in Uniše near Ponikva

The church stands on land which was once part of a large estate, which was bought by Štefan Novak, grandfather of Anton Martin Slomšek, in the early 18th century. The Chapel of St. Oswald from the 15th century once stood on his land. He expanded it and equipped it in the Baroque style. His grandson Anton Slomšek used to shepherd his father’s flock around the church. The stairs leading to the bell tower comprised his first pulpit, from which he recited the speech he had heard in Sunday’s Holy Mass to other shepherds. 

Church of St. Oswald in Uniše near Ponikva

Adventures

Cycling

You can download the cycling map of the Municipality of Šentjur, where you can find the routes and additional information free of charge.

Horse riding

The newly arranged centre enables the use of the riding hall, horse riding, riding in horse-drawn vehicles and a riding school. The indoor and outdoor premises can be rented for expert and social meetings.

Information: Telephone: 00386 (0)41 614 970, Email: viljemkolar4@gmail.com

Hiking

Žusem Adventure Castle Nature Trail. There are four adventure points on the 7-km route: Meeting with the sunbeam and a drop of water (Srečanje z žarkom in kapljico) – a geographical point, Above the castle tunnel (Nad grajskim rovom) – a sensory and play point, Countess Anne’s Adventures (Dogodivščine grofične Ane) – a historical point on the adventure playground, where you will look for treasure, and The sounds of nature (Zvoki narave), where you will discover the sounds of the wind, water, plants and different animals, from small to big. Resting places and viewpoints are also arranged along the undemanding diverse nature trail, with natural and cultural values marked as well.

Contacts

Uradne ure – za stranke
Ponedeljek:08.00 – 12.00, 13.00 – 15.00
Torek:08.00 – 12.00, 13.00 – 15.00
Sreda:08.00 – 12.00, 13.00 – 17.00
Petek:08.00 – 13.00

Poslovni čas občine
Ponedeljek:07.00 – 15.00
Torek:07.00 – 15.00
Sreda:07.00 – 17.00
Četrtek:07.00 – 15.00
Petek:07.00 – 13.00

Kontaktni podatki
Občina Šentjur
Mestni trg 10
3230 Šentjur 03 747 13 10
03 574 34 46
obcina.sentjur@sentjur.si

Kabinet župana
Barbara Murk Peklaradministrator VI (03) 747 13 20 051 625 085, barbara.peklar@sentjur.si

Polonca Mastnak – Referent za stike z javnostmi (03) 747 13 22 051 670 653, polonca.mastnak@sentjur.si

Sekretariat za splošne in pravne zadeve
Mateja Močnik – višja svetovalka I, višja svetovalka za pravne zadeve

(03) 747 13 97 041 660 092, mateja.mocnik@sentjur.si

Sabina Pleteršičvišja – Svetovalka I, višja svetovalka za pravne zadeve :

(03) 747 13 37 041 660 094, sabina.pletersic@sentjur.si@admin

Stanka Kukovičadministratorka V (03) 747 13 30 051 360 280, stanka.kukovic@sentjur.si


Glavna pisarna
Brigita Zdolšekvišja referentka I, vodja glavne pisarne: (03) 747 13 35 051 680 039, brigita.zdolsek@sentjur.si

Ana Evelina Plahutasvetovalka (03) 747 13 18ana.plahuta@sentjur.si

Contact

Občina Šentjur
email
obcina.sentjur@sentjur.si
address
Mestni trg 10 3230 Šentjur
phone
03 747 13 10