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Motnik is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°12′58.17″N 14°53′25.72″E / 46.2161583°N 14.8904778°E / 46.2161583; 14.8904778Coordinates: 46°12′58.17″N 14°53′25.72″E / 46.2161583°N 14.8904778°E / 46.2161583; 14.8904778
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Upper Carniola
Statistical region Central Slovenia
Municipality Kamnik
 • Total 2.27 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
Elevation 428.2 m (1,404.9 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 163

Motnik (pronounced [mɔˈtniːk]; German: Möttnig[2]) is a village in the Tuhinj Valley in the Municipality of Kamnik in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.

The parish church in Motnik is dedicated to Saint George and is a Baroque building with 19th-century furnishings. Close by is a smaller church, the chapel of Mary Magdalene. Close to the settlement is also an abandoned brown coal mine in which the fossilized remains of a pygmy rhinoceros were discovered in 1910. They were found to be 25 million years old and are now displayed in a small museum in the village.[3]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 28.
  3. ^ Slovenian Tourist Board site

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