Paternion (Slovene: Špaterjan) is a market town in the district of Villach-Land in the Austrian state of Carinthia. It is located within the Drava valley about 18 kilometres (11 mi) in the north-west of the city of Villach.

Paternion
Saint Paternian's Church
Coat of arms of Paternion
Paternion is located in Austria
Paternion
Paternion
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°43′N 13°38′E / 46.717°N 13.633°E / 46.717; 13.633Coordinates: 46°43′N 13°38′E / 46.717°N 13.633°E / 46.717; 13.633
CountryAustria
StateCarinthia
DistrictVillach-Land
Government
 • MayorManuel Müller (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total105.49 km2 (40.73 sq mi)
Elevation
519 m (1,703 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total5,819
 • Density55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
9711
Area code04245
Websitewww.paternion.at

GeographyEdit

Paternion is subdivided into six Katastralgemeinden: Feistritz an der Drau, Kamering, Kreuzen, Nikelsdorf, Paternion and Rubland.

HistoryEdit

Settled since the Hallstatt culture, the place was first mentioned as St. Paternianus in a 1296 deed, named after Saint Paternian, the Bishop of Fano, as the area south of the Drava then belonged to the Patriarchate of Aquileia.[3] In 1530 Paternion received market rights from Archduke Ferdinand I of Austria. With a percentage of about 30%, the municipality is today one of the centres of Protestantism in Carinthia.

Paternion Castle was part of the Lordship of Paternion (Herrschaft Paternion), together with the castles at Pöllan and Kreuzen and 8,800 hectares of forests. In the late 19th century they passed from the counts Widmann-Rezzonico to count Piero Foscari from Venice, and they are still today owned by the Foscari-Widmann-Rezzonico family.

PoliticsEdit

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2021 elections:

Notable peopleEdit

Twin townEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dauersiedlungsraum der Gemeinden Politischen Bezirke und Bundesländer - Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Einwohnerzahl 1.1.2018 nach Gemeinden mit Status, Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ de:Paternion

External linksEdit

  Media related to Paternion at Wikimedia Commons