Zelše (pronounced [ˈzeːu̯ʃɛ]; in older sources also Želše, German: Selsach) is a village along the road linking Cerknica and Postojna, at the northwestern part of the karst Cerknica Polje in the Inner Carniola region of Slovenia. Zelše Caves (Zelške jame)—the source of Rak Creek, a sinking stream—lies west of the village. Big Karlovica Cave (Slovene: Velika Karlovica), receiving the waters of Stržen Creek, lies southwest of the village. Industrial facilities are located east of the village.
Location in Slovenia
|Coordinates: 45°47′37.92″N 14°19′39.48″E|
|Traditional region||Inner Carniola|
|Statistical region||Littoral–Inner Carniola|
|• Total||4.19 km2 (1.62 sq mi)|
|Elevation||558.9 m (1,833.7 ft)|
The local church, built on a small hill south of the village, is dedicated to Saint Wolfgang (Slovene: sveti Volbenk) and belongs to the Parish of Cerknica. This Renaissance church was built around 1680 with a triple rounded apse, unique in the region. The Baroque-style belfry was added in 1732. The church has excellent acoustics and is sometimes used as a venue for various concerts.
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia Archived November 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 122.
- Javornik, Marjan; Voglar, Dušan; Dermastia, Alenka, eds. (1996). "Zelše". Enciklopedija Slovenije [Encyclopedia of Slovenia] (in Slovenian). Mladinska knjiga. p. 153. ISBN 9788611153667.
- Družina RC Church in Slovenia Journal website
- Inner Carniola Regional Park site