|— Town and Municipality —|
|Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini, in the municipality of Žalec|
|• Mayor||Janko Kos (SD)|
|• Total||117.1 km2 (45.2 sq mi)|
|• Density||170/km2 ( 450/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02)|
Žalec is a town and municipality in central Slovenia. It lies in the valley of the lower course of the Savinja River to the west of Celje. The primary economic activity of the region is growing hops, which is reflected by the city's coat-of-arms. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja statistical region.
The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Nicholas and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. It was built between 1903 and 1906 on the site of a 16th-century church. The 16th-century building had a walled enclosure to protect the locals against Ottoman raids. A round tower from this enclosure still stands next to the church.
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002
- Žalec municipal site
- Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference numbers ešd 3537 & 10470
- Media related to Žalec at Wikimedia Commons
- Žalec on Geopedia
- Žalec municipality site Žalec Municipality site
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