Rodine, Žirovnica

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Rodine
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Rodine is located in Slovenia
Rodine
Rodine
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°23′4″N 14°10′34″E / 46.38444°N 14.17611°E / 46.38444; 14.17611Coordinates: 46°23′4″N 14°10′34″E / 46.38444°N 14.17611°E / 46.38444; 14.17611
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Region Upper Carniola
Municipality Žirovnica
Elevation 544 m (1,785 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 340
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Rodine (pronounced [ˈɾoːdinɛ]) is one of ten villages in the Municipality of Žirovnica in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.

There is evidence of Roman settlement in the area of Rodine with the remains of a Roman farm (villa rustica) in Ključi. This was partially excavated in 1959, and finds show that it was settled from the late 1st century AD until the 5th century. Remains of three buildings and a number of small objects were found during excavation. Some are now on display at the Jalen House.[2]

The village church is the Church of St. Clement. There is evidence that a religious building was built on the site in the second half of the 10th century. A later gothic structure burned down and the Baroque church seen today was built in 1692. There is a tomb under the church that allegedly contains the remains of St. Clement, who was tortured and killed in Crimea, Ukraine, and whose bones were found in Rodine. The church was renovated in 1876 to repair extensive damage to the roof and spire.[3] The house where the Slovene writer Janez Jalen was born, now a small museum, is in Rodine as well.

In recent years, the settlement has grown northwards, further up the hill side and westwards to reach right to the outskirts of Smokuč. There are open fields and forests to the east and south of the village.

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