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Dol pri Ljubljani

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Country  Slovenia
Area  0.4 km2

Dol pri Ljubljani ( German: ) is a settlement in central Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Dol pri Ljubljani. It is part of the traditional region of Upper Carniola and is now included in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region.


Map of Dol pri Ljubljani

Dol Manor

The ruins of Dol Manor (Slovene: Dolski grad, German: Lustthal) stand in the southeast part of the settlement. The manor was built in 1540 by Alexander Gallenberg after he abandoned Osterberg Castle above Podgrad. The manor was later purchased by the Rasp family, and then by Johann Daniel Erberg from Kocevje. Under a later owner, Josef Kalasanz von Erberg, the manor was turned into a museum of natural history, technology, art, and literary history in 1808, to which a valuable library and archive were added in 1810, creating the most extensive private collection in Carniola. A botanical garden was set up around the manor with thousands of different species, and the watercourses around it were regulated. After the death of the last member of the Erberg family, the manor passed through various hands, and was purchased by Fran Povse in 1882. The Partisans burned the manor in 1944.


The parish church in Dol pri Ljubljani is dedicated to Saint Margaret (Slovene: sveta Marjeta) and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. It was originally a Gothic church that was restyled in the Baroque in the 18th century.

Notable people

Notable people that were born or lived in Dol pri Ljubljani include:

  • Anton Erberg (1695–1746), religious writer
  • Johann Benjamin Erberg (1699–1759), astronomer
  • Andrej Fleischmann (1805–1867), botanist
  • Valentin Majar (1851–1938), religious writer
  • Janko Moder (1914–2006), translator
  • Josip Klemenc (1898–1967), archaeologist



Dol pri Ljubljani is a ribbon village along the old road from Sentjakob ob Savi to Litija. It lies north of the confluence of the Kamnik Bistrica with the Sava on a gravelly terrace. Below the terrace the land slopes downwards to swampy meadows with springs, the largest of which is Manor Spring (Slovene: ). The area directly along the Sava is drier. Mlinscica Creek, a tributary of the Kamnik Bistrica, flows past the southern outskirts of the village.


Dol pri Ljubljani (literally, Dol near Ljubljana) was attested in written sources in 1263 as im Tal and in 1358 as in dem Lustal. The name is derived from the Slovene common noun dol small valley, referring to the physical characteristics of the place.


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