Logatec ( German: , Italian: ) is a town in Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Logatec. It is located roughly in the centre of Inner Carniola, between the capital Ljubljana and Postojna. The town of Logatec has seen rapid industrial development and immigration since the completion of the nearby A1 motorway to the coast.
The name Logatec is of Celtic origin, probably derived from Celtic *longatis ferryman, boatman, from the Celtic root *longo- boat, thus meaning ferrymens settlement. The name became Longaticum in Latin, which was borrowed into Slavic as *Logat?c?. Early attestations of the Slavic name include Logach in 1265 (and Logatzc in 1296, Logatsch in 1307, Logacz in 1319, and de Logas in 1354).
The earliest mentions of the settlement are from Roman times (Roman way station Mansio Longatico). The vicinity of trade routes between the interior and the coast has always played an important part in the region. First the Roman road from Aquileia to Emona, and later the road to Trieste and the Southern Railway. Before the construction of railway line, the majority of the population made a living as teamsters.
The town of Logatec was formed by combining a number of former villages:Blekova Vas (, German: )
Brod. The name of the settlement was changed from Brod to Brod-Logatec in 1953. It was joined to Logatec in 1972.
Cerkovska Vas (Slovene: )
Cevica (German: ), joined to Logatec in 1972.
Dolenja Vas (Slovene: )
Dolenji Logatec (German: ), joined to Logatec in 1972.
Gorenja Vas (Slovene: ). The name of the settlement was changed from Gorenja vas to Gorenja vas pod Rezisami in 1953. It was joined to Logatec in 1972.
Gorenji Logatec (German: ), joined to Logatec in 1972.
Martinj Hrib, joined to Logatec in 1972.
Because these were originally separate settlements, there are a number of churches in what is now the town of Logatec. The parish church is in the area of Dolenji Logatec and is dedicated to Saint Nicholas. It was first mentioned in written documents dating to 1526. In 1795 to 1803 a new church was built on the site. The church in the Cevica area is dedicated to Saint Joseph and in Gorenji Logatec to the Virgin Mary.
The towns brass band was founded in 1913.