Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu

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Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu
Postcard of Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu
Postcard of Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu
Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu is located in Slovenia
Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu
Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°29′27.35″N 15°6′27.86″E / 46.4909306°N 15.1077389°E / 46.4909306; 15.1077389Coordinates: 46°29′27.35″N 15°6′27.86″E / 46.4909306°N 15.1077389°E / 46.4909306; 15.1077389
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Styria
Statistical region Carinthia
Municipality Slovenj Gradec
Area
 • Total 5.86 km2 (2.26 sq mi)
Elevation 440.5 m (1,445.2 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 1,257
[1]

Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu (pronounced [ˈʃmaːɾtnɔ pɾi slɔˈʋeːn ˈɡɾaːtsu]; sometimes Šmartno pri Slovenjem Gradcu[2][3]) is a settlement in the City Municipality of Slovenj Gradec in northern Slovenia. The area was traditionally part of Styria. The entire municipality is now included in the Carinthia Statistical Region.[4]

Church[edit]

The parish church from which the settlement gets its name is dedicated to Saint Martin and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor. It was first mentioned in written documents dating to 1106.[5] A second church on Homec Hill west of the settlement is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and was built in the 17th century.[6]

Mass graves[edit]

Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu is the site of two known mass graves from the period immediately after the Second World War. The Gortnar Shrine Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče pri Gortnarjevi kapelici) lies northwest of the settlement, behiond the Gortnar chapel-shrine. It measures 12 × 4 m and contains the remains of 30 to 36 people, probably Ustaša soldiers, who were killed while fleeing toward the Austrian border between 10 and 15 May 1945.[7] The House No. 143 Mass Grave (Grobišče pri hiši 143), also known as the Homšnica Creek by the Klemen Farm Mass Grave (Grobišče ob Homšnici pri Klemenu), is located next to the road southwest of the house at Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu no. 143. The ground is visibly sunken at the site. It contains the remains of 10 people killed while fleeing toward the Austrian border between 10 and 15 May 1945.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Jakopin, Franc, et al. 1985. Slovenska krajevna imena. Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba, p. 292.
  3. ^ Savnik, Roman, ed. 1980. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 4. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 516.
  4. ^ Slovenj Gradec municipal site
  5. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 3417
  6. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 3418
  7. ^ Gortnar Shrine Mass Grave on Geopedia (Slovene)
  8. ^ House No. 143 Mass Grave on Geopedia (Slovene)

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