Tržič

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Tržič
Občina Tržič
Town and Municipality
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Location of the Municipality of Tržič in Slovenia
Location of the Municipality of Tržič in Slovenia
Tržič is located in Slovenia
Tržič
Tržič
Location of the Town of Tržič in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°22′N 14°19′E / 46.367°N 14.317°E / 46.367; 14.317Coordinates: 46°22′N 14°19′E / 46.367°N 14.317°E / 46.367; 14.317
Country  Slovenia
Government
 • Mayor Borut Sajovic
Area
 • Total 155.4 km2 (60.0 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
 • Total 15,851
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)

Tržič is a town and municipality in northern Slovenia near the Austrian border (before the Loibl Pass). The first settlement was founded near the road that connected Roman city of Emona with Virunum in present-day Carinthia. After a landslide caused by an earthquake, the original settlement was destroyed and many people moved down the valley to establish a new settlement named Neumarktl where Tržič is now located (these events are the basis of the legend about the origin of Tržič). The town was granted market rights in 1492, which caused further development of the town.

The great fire of 1811, which destroyed the buildings on the left bank of the Tržiška Bistrica River, changed the town. After the buildings were rebuilt they needed to have firewalls, iron doors, and window covers, a very rare feature in Europe. The town center of Tržič has been protected as a cultural heritage site since 1985.

As of 2007 the town had a population of 15,851. Much of the town's architecture was constructed in the Classicist style. The leather, wood, and textile industries were important to the economy of Tržič in the past but industrial activity declined after the breakup of Yugoslavia. The development of small business after this period is now an important branch of the economy.

Because of its alpine setting, alpine skiing is popular in the surrounding area. Tržič was the hometown of Countess Francisca von Strassoldo Grafenberg, wife of the Austrian general Joseph Radetzky.

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