Komen

Komen with the small village of Divči and the hamlet ofJablanec lies in the centre of the Komen Karst and also represents the administrative and economic centre of the area. Divči lies 300 metres to the East of Komen, and the hamlet of Jablanec is 1 kilometre to the north of Komen. Komen is 8 kilometres away from Štanjel.

According to historical references, the Parish of Komen, and consequently its village, are mentioned for the first time in 1247. As an important administrative, economic, and cultural centre, Komen began to flourish as early as the end of the 19th century, when crafts, a network of inns, shops and administrative functions began to emerge. The village also had a palace of justice, notary, tax office, police station and even the prison. The village became famous in the period of Italian rule as an important tourist centre where the inhabitants of Trieste, Monfalcone and even Venice came for their holidays and Sunday excursions. Because of its favourable climatic conditions the village became an important treatment centre giving shelter to two colonies for children and to the centre for lung illnesses and the X-ray station. The village suffered great atrocities during World War I. The military railway was also run through the village. The situation was even worse during World War II. On 15 February 1944 the village was burnt down and its inhabitants were deported to Germany. During the post-war renovation of the village Komen gradually began to develop into the economic, administrative and cultural centre of the Komen Karst.

 


Name of the people who live in Komen and Jablanec area: Komenci, number of inhabitants: 604 (year 2003). The village is situated 285 metres above sea-level.

Name of the people who live in Divči: Divčani, number of inhabitants: 36 (year 2003). The village is situated 285 metres above sea-level.

 

 

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