Location in Slovenia

Coordinates: 46°6′07.71″N 14°27′05.40″E / 46.1021417°N 14.4515000°E / 46.1021417; 14.4515000Coordinates: 46°6′07.71″N 14°27′05.40″E / 46.1021417°N 14.4515000°E / 46.1021417; 14.4515000
Country Slovenia
Traditional region Upper Carniola
Statistical region Central Slovenia
Municipality Ljubljana
  Total 0.80 km2 (0.31 sq mi)
Elevation 319 m (1,047 ft)
Population (2002)
  Total cca. 1,000

Gunclje (pronounced [ˈɡuːntsljɛ]) is a settlement in central Slovenia, immediately northwest of the capital Ljubljana. It belongs to the Šentvid District of the City Municipality of Ljubljana. It was part of the traditional region of Upper Carniola and is now included with the rest of the municipality in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region.


The name Gunclje is derived from the Slavic personal name *Guncelj (derived in turn from Old High German Gunzelîn, a diminutive of Gunzo), and likely refers to an early inhabitant of the place. Gunclje was first attested in written sources in 1430 as Güntzleinsdorff, and later as zu Güntzlach (in 1438, based on the Slovene locative plural) and Güntzla (in 1449).[2]

Cultural heritage

The village core of Gunclje, extending from the chapel-shrine in the center of the village to a crucifix shrine at the edge of the woods, has been registered as cultural heritage. The village core preserves the character as a linear settlement (a village lying almost entirely along a single road) with perpendicularly placed houses and farm buildings aligned with them.[3]

Notable people

Notable people that were born or lived in Gunclje include:


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 156.
  3. Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 15154
  4. Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 385.

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