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Sexten (German pronunciation: [ˈsɛkstn̩]; Italian: Sesto [ˈsɛsto]) is a comune in South Tyrol in northern Italy. The village is famous as a summer and winter sport resort in the mountains.

Sexten
Gemeinde Sexten
Comune di Sesto
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Coat of arms of Sexten
Coat of arms
Location of Sexten
Sexten is located in Italy
Sexten
Sexten
Location of Sexten in Italy
Sexten is located in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Sexten
Sexten
Sexten (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Coordinates: 46°42′N 12°21′E / 46.700°N 12.350°E / 46.700; 12.350
CountryItaly
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
FrazioniKiniger (Quiniga), Mitterberg (Monte di Mezzo), Schmieden (Ferrara), St. Veit (San Vito), Moos (Moso)
Government
 • MayorFritz Egarter
Area
 • Total80.42 km2 (31.05 sq mi)
Elevation
1,310 m (4,300 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total1,906
 • Density24/km2 (61/sq mi)
Demonym(s)German: Sextner
Italian: di Sesto
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
39030
Dialing code0474
WebsiteOfficial website

According to the 2011 census, 95.37% of the population speak German, 4.36% Italian and 0.27% Ladin as first language.[4]

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GeographyEdit

The town sits in a branch of the Puster Valley, near Innichen and Toblach, where the Drava rises. The district borders East Tyrol, Austria, to the north and the border is formed by the Carnic Alps. To the south lie the eponymous Sexten Dolomites and nature park, which includes the famous Drei Zinnen (Tre Cime di Lavaredo).

The commune is bordered, clockwise from the west, by Toblach, Innichen, Sillian (Austria), Kartitsch (Austria), Comelico Superiore (Belluno) and Auronzo di Cadore, (Belluno).

HistoryEdit

The village's name is of Latin origin: ad horam sexta, meaning "at six-hour", referred to its location south to Innichen. Sexta is documented starting from 965 AD. During World War I, Sexten was on the front line between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and suffered much damage.

It was conquered by Italy in November 1918. Later it received further fortifications during the Fascist Era.

 
Historical view of Sexten and the "Sexten Sundial" (Sexten Dolomites) in an oil painting by Konrad Petrides around 1900

It is the hometown of tennis prodigy Jannik Sinner.

Coat-of-armsEdit

The emblem is azure and represents three argent peaks with a sable chamois standing in the centre; the three peaks symbolize the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The emblem was granted in 1972 but was in use before World War I.[5]

Twin townsEdit

Sexten is twinned with:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  4. ^ "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  5. ^ Heraldry of the World: Sexten

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sexten at Wikimedia Commons

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