Dragonja, Piran

Dragonja (pronounced [dɾaˈɡoːnja]; Italian: Dragogna) is a settlement in the Municipality of Piran in the Littoral region of Slovenia.[2]

Dragonja

Dragogna
Dragonja Piran Slovenia.jpg
Dragonja is located in Slovenia
Dragonja
Dragonja
Location within Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°27′34.63″N 13°39′27.4″E / 45.4596194°N 13.657611°E / 45.4596194; 13.657611Coordinates: 45°27′34.63″N 13°39′27.4″E / 45.4596194°N 13.657611°E / 45.4596194; 13.657611
Country Slovenia
Traditional regionSlovenian Littoral
Statistical regionCoastal–Karst
MunicipalityPiran
Area
 • Total4.09 km2 (1.58 sq mi)
Elevation
14.5 m (47.6 ft)
Population
 (2002)[1]
 • Total296
 • Density72/km2 (190/sq mi)

GeographyEdit

 
The hamlet of Slami

Dragonja lies on the right bank of the Dragonja River on the border with Croatia. The nearby Dragonja international border crossing is one of the main crossings from Slovenian into Croatian Istria. The territory of Dragonja extends along the valleys of the Dragonja and Drnica rivers, and it include the hamlets of Gočan, Križišče Sečovlje, Križišče, Stena, Mlini, Rota, Pesjanci, Ruda, Slami, and Vuki.[3]

NameEdit

Dragonja is named after the Dragonja River, which was first attested in written sources as Argao (ablative Argaone).[4] The Slovene name (with initial D-) is derived from Slavic *Dorgonʼa, from Romance d- (< ad 'at') + Argaon- (with metathesis). Ultimately, the name is of pre-Romance origin.[5][6]

HistoryEdit

Dragonja was created as a village in 1960 by combining various scattered houses and hamlets along the route between Šmarje and Buje, Croatia.[3] Remnants of Roman settlement have been discovered in the area. Roman brick was found to the southeast in 1924, remains of a Roman brick wall were found during regulation of the Dragonja River, and a Roman cremation burial was discovered at the bridge across the Dragonja. After the Second World War, a brick kiln operated in the hamlet of Ruda.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Piran municipal site
  3. ^ a b c Savnik, Roman (1968). Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 239.
  4. ^ Kos, Milko. 1985. Srednjeveška zgodovina Slovencev. Ljubljana: Slovenska matica Ljubljana, p. 137.
  5. ^ Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. pp. 212–122.
  6. ^ Bezlaj, France. 1967. Eseji o slovenskem jeziku. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, p. 81.

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