Ponikve has a population of 195, which makes it the largest village on the Šentviška Gora Plateau; at the same time, the village is also the seat of the Local Community and Parish of Ponikve. It lies on the western side of the plateau at an elevation of 674 m and is comprised of a large concentrated village core that developed next to a flat valley along the road from Pečine to Logaršče, and several hamlets and isolated farms on the surrounding hills.


During heavy rain, the bottom of the valley, a meadow in the middle of the village, fills up with water, forming a small lake. The accumulated water then slowly sinks through two large sinkholes and comes to the surface again a little further down on the steep slope of the plateau. The village is named after this phenomenon (ponikva ‘swallet, sinkhole’, ponikniti ‘to sink’). In the dry season, the meadow is used as a soccer field and serves as the venue for the annual summer futsal tournament. Due to numerous renovations, today’s architectural image of the village is greatly changed. Its most important cultural site is the Church of the Visitation, which stands on the hill above the village. It was renovated after the Second World War following the designs of the renowned Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik.


In the center of the village, there is also a fire station, which was renovated in 2008 and serves as the seat of the local Ponikve–Planota Volunteer Fire Department. Next to the road leading to Gorski Vrh there is a ski center with a ski tow, two plastic-covered ski jumps, and cross-country ski trails. The lodges of the local hunters’ association and the Porezen–Krn CB Radio Club are also located nearby. Prominent people that lived in Ponikve in the past include the land surveyor and provincial deputy Ivan Lapanja, and the folk artists Cene and Janez Lapanja.

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GPS coordinates +46° 8' 17.0622", +13° 49' 7.9248"
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Altitude: 673m
Number of inhabitants: 203

Ponikve Local community

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