Sexten

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Sexten
Comune
Gemeinde Sexten
Comune di Sesto
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Coat of arms of Sexten
Coat of arms
Sexten is located in Italy
Sexten
Sexten
Location of Sexten in Italy
Coordinates: 46°42′N 12°21′E / 46.700°N 12.350°E / 46.700; 12.350
Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province South Tyrol (BZ)
Frazioni Kiniger (Quiniga), Mitterberg (Monte di Mezzo), Schmieden (Ferrara), St. Veit (San Vito), Moos (Moso)
Government
 • Mayor Fritz Egarter
Area
 • Total 80 km2 (30 sq mi)
Elevation 1,310 m (4,300 ft)
Population (31-12-2013)[1]
 • Total 1,952
 • Density 24/km2 (63/sq mi)
Demonym German: Sextner
Italian: di Sesto
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 39030
Dialing code 0474
Website Official website

Sexten (Italian: Sesto) is a comune in South Tyrol in northern Italy. The town is famous as a summer and winter sport resort in the mountains.

According to the 2011 census, 95.37% of the population speak German, 4.36% Italian and 0.27% Ladin as first language.[2]

Geography[edit]

The town sits in a branch of the Puster Valley, near Innichen and Toblach, where the Drava rises. The district borders East Tyrol, Austria, to the north and the border is formed by the Carinthian Alps. To the south lie the eponymous Sextener Dolomites and nature park, which includes the famous Drei Zinnen (Tre Cime di Lavaredo).

The commune is bordered, clockwise from the west, by Toblach, Innichen, Sillian (Austria), Kartitsch (Austria), Comelico Superiore (Belluno) and Auronzo di Cadore, (Belluno).

History[edit]

The village's name is of Latin origin: ad horam sexta, meaning "at six-hour", referred to its location south to Innichen. Sexta is documented starting from 965 AD. During World War I, Sexten was on the front line between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and suffered much damage.

It was conquered by Italy in November 1918. Later it received further fortifications during the Fascist Era.

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The emblem is azure and represents three argent peaks with a sable chamois standing in the centre; the three peaks symbolize the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The emblem was granted in 1972 but was in use before World War I.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info (Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol) (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  3. ^ Heraldry of the World: Sexten

External links[edit]

Media related to Sexten at Wikimedia Commons

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