Gorenje Otave

Gorenje Otave (pronounced [ɡɔˈɾeːnjɛ ɔˈtaːʋɛ]; German: Oberotawe[2]) is a village in the hills northeast of Begunje in the Municipality of Cerknica in the Inner Carniola region of Slovenia.[3]

Gorenje Otave
Gorenje Otave
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°50′51.13″N 14°25′3.01″E
Country Slovenia
Traditional regionInner Carniola
Statistical regionLittoral–Inner Carniola
  Total1.38 km2 (0.53 sq mi)
829 m (2,720 ft)


An agricultural co-op building was built in Gorenje Otave in 1926, used by the villages to store farm equipment. During the Second World War, Italian forces shot 22 hostages in the village on 24 July 1942, including the teachers Metod Mervič (1902–1942)[4] and Viktor Šinkovec (1909–1942).[5][6]


The local church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Andrew and belongs to the Parish of Sveti Vid.[7] Stylistically it reflects 13th-century architecture; according to the parish chronicle, it was built in the 16th century.[6]


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 122.
  3. Cerknica municipal site
  4. Gravestone of Metod Mervič.
  5. Gravestone of Viktor Šinkovec.
  6. Savnik, Roman, ed. 1968. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 44.
  7. Družina RC Church in Slovenia Journal website

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