Kanal ob Soci
Kanal ob Soči is a town
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 and municipality
Municipalities of Slovenia
Slovenia is divided into 211 municipalities , of which 11 have urban status.Slovene is an official language of all the municipalities. Hungarian is a second official language of 3 municipalities in Prekmurje: Dobrovnik , Hodoš and Lendava...

 in Slovenia
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, established in 1995 by secession
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 from Nova Gorica
Nova Gorica
Nova Gorica ; 21,082 ; 31,000 ) is a town and a municipality in western Slovenia, on the border with Italy...


The town itself is an important crossing point over the River
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 Soča. The first bridge was built by the Romans
Roman Empire
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. The current bridge was built after World War I
World War I
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. The center of the town was fortified in the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
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. There are four towers left called bastion
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s. There is also a beautiful fountain called Neptunes fountain, built in 1815, in the town center next to the main church.

The Parish Church
Parish church
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 in the town was built in 1430 on the site of an earlier church. It was extended in the late 18th century and is dedicated to The Assumption of Mary
Assumption of Mary
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 and the belongs to the Diocese of Koper. A second, smaller church in the town, is dedicated to Saint Anne
Saint Anne
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 and is first mentioned in documents dating to 1542.

Famous natives and residents

  • Ivo Hvalica, politician (SDS
    Slovenian Democratic Party
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  • Vojeslav Mole, poet and art historian
  • Author Josip Ribičič
    Josip Ribičič
    Josip Ribičič was a Slovene writer, mostly famous as an author of popular children literature.- Life :He was born as Josip Ribičić in the town of Baška on the island Krk...

     mother Marija Ribičić (born Križanič or Križnic)
  • Ignazio Francesco Scodnik, Garibaldine
    Giuseppe Garibaldi
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  • Valentin Stanič, mountaineer, author and philanthropist

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See also

  • Slovene Littoral
  • Goriška
    Goriška is a traditional region in western Slovenia on the border with Italy. The name means "the Gorizia region" because it is named after Gorizia, Italy. It is part of the wider traditional region of the Slovenian Littoral . Its principal urban center is Nova Gorica...

  • County of Gorizia and Gradisca
  • Battles of the Isonzo
    Battles of the Isonzo
    The Battles of the Isonzo were a series of 12 battles between the Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies in World War I. They were fought along the Soča River on the eastern sector of the Italian Front between June 1915 and November 1917...

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