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About Robidišče

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In the far western edge of Slovenia, at an altitude of 650 m, stands the village of Robidišče - a boundary stone, so to speak, with the neighboring Italy.

It's located in the Breginjski corner of the valley that stretches from Kobarid to Breginj. In this valley there are ten villages with their old village cores beneath the slopes of the mountain Stol.

The areas of the Breginjski corner are demographically endangered areas of Slovenian countryside. As it's been part of the Roman world, Friuli, Veneto and the Slovenian, their cultural heritage has shaped the identity of the hinterland of each village.

Robidišče is in a remote location on the right bank of the river Nadiže, and is one of the rare living memorials to people who raise admiration, nostalgia, and never leave you indifferent.

Robidišče's rich history is shared with other villages in the Breginjski corner. Since the beginning of the Middle Ages, this part of the province belonged to the Patriarchate of Aquileia, which later came under the Venetian Republic, then under the Kingdom of Italy. Between 1815 and 1866 the village belonged to Austria and from 1866 it was part of the united Italian kingdom.
The village began to write a new, darker history, when in 1947 it was forced into Yugoslavia. Robidišče then faced hard living and many were forced into emigration and population has since severely declined.

The Robidiščani emigrated to various countries of Europe via Italy, but many of them emigrated to South America, particularly Argentina. Some went to North America and some to Austria.

In 1869, the village had 178 inhabitants and by 1910 the number increased to 228 people Since then, however, this number is only reduced. Independent Slovenia was greeted by only 17 people. 2000 the numbers had declined to only eight, and today only seven people live Robidišče.

The catastrophic earthquake of 1976 is also a key milestone in the development of the whole region of Tolmin. After an earthquake with a strength of around 8 Richter, a renovation began on this side and on the Italian side of the border. Robidišče is an exception in this respect; since the earthquake, reconstruction of the village was never made, , but it nevertheless remained an authentic village with preserved Venetian architecture.

As the independent state of Slovenia was understood as being rural and remote, Robidišče also got a new road, which linked it at the turn of the millennium with the world. Now they have even got a phone connection.

Today the village is becoming a romantic inspiration. By maintaining the architectural and cultural heritage Robidišče is becoming a little pearl in the western part of Slovenia.

From Robidišče you have the beautiful view over the surrounding countryside, peace to walk around the old stone houses more than 300 years old.
You can see the black kitchen - small, free-standing fireplace Mediterranean type, which, together with the preserved part of the interior - a true rarity in the Slovenian territory.
The museum has many ancient artifacts that were once used in everyday life and a collection of old photos that were taken in 1951 and has contributed Slovenian Ethnographic Museum.

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