Irschen is a municipality in the district of Spittal an der Drau in the Austrian state of Carinthia.
Geography [ edit ]
It consists of the
Irschen, Ritterdorf, and Simmerlach. It is situated on the northern slope of the Upper Katastralgemeinden Drava Valley, near the B 100 Drautal Straße highway and the Drautalbahn railway line.
History [ edit ]
A settlement area since the Early
Iron Age ( Hallstatt Culture), Irschen may be identical to the Idunum polis in the former Celtic kingdom of Noricum, as mentioned in Ptolemy's Geographia. In Roman times a mansio laid on the road leading over the Gailbergsattel mountain pass to Italia. Ursus I, Patriarch of Aquileia probably built a first church about 810 in the place then called Ursen, which was mentioned as Castrum Ursen in a 1086 deed. In medieval times Irschen was a mining area, especially for gold.
It was recently revealed that English actress
Billie Piper has a home in this region.
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