Col, Ajdovščina

Col (pronounced [ˈtsɔu̯]; archaic Podvelb,[2] Italian: Zolla,[3] German: Zoll[2]) is a settlement on the edge of a karst plateau overlooking the Vipava Valley in the Municipality of Ajdovščina in the Littoral region of Slovenia. A Roman road led through the settlement. Its location overlooking the valley on the main route leading inland was used in the Middle Ages and later as a checkpoint between the Littoral region and Carniola. Trilek Castle is located on the eastern outskirts of the village.


Podvelb (archaic)
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°52′48.44″N 14°0′7″E
Country Slovenia
Traditional regionLittoral
Statistical regionGorizia
  Total2.62 km2 (1.01 sq mi)
611.3 m (2,005.6 ft)


The settlement was first attested in written sources as Zoll oder Podgweld and Zoll oder Podgwelb in 1763–1787. The Slovene name Col is borrowed from Middle High German zol (modern German Zoll) 'toll' or 'customs duty'.[3][4] Col is located on the border between the historical Habsburg crown lands of Carniola and Gorizia and was a collection point for tolls.[3] Col was originally known as Podvelb (German: Podgwelb; literally, 'below the arch') in reference to a castle that formerly stood near Saint Leonard's Church.[2][5]


The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Leonard and belongs to the Diocese of Koper.[6]


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. "Uebersicht der in Folge a. h. Entschließung vom 26. Juli 1849 genehmigten provisorischen Gerichtseintheilung des Kronlandes Krain". Intelligenzblatt zur Laibacher Zeitung (141). November 24, 1849. p. 24.
  3. Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. p. 91.
  4. Ajdovščina municipal site Archived 2011-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Savnik, Roman (1968). Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 21.
  6. Koper Diocese list of churches Archived March 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.