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Branik

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Branik is a village in western Slovenia in the Municipality of Nova Gorica. Until 2011, Pedrovo was a hamlet of Branik.NameThe name of the settlement was changed from Rihemberk to Branik in 1955. The name was changed on the basis of the 1948 Law on Names of Settlements and Designations of Squares, Streets, and Buildings as part of efforts by Slovenia’s postwar communist government to remove German elements from toponyms. Rihemberk is still the name used for Branik Castle located above the village.ClimateBranik is in the Branik Valley, which is part of the Vipava Valley, just beneath the Karst Plateau. The location provides a favourable climate for the growth of Mediterranean fruits, such as figs and peaches. The area is also renowned for its wines, especially Vitovska Garganja, Barbera, Merlot, and Chardonnay.ChurchThe parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Ulrich and belongs to the Diocese of Koper.Notable natives and residentsNevin Birsa, poetRajko Bratož, historianLjudevit Furlani, translator and journalistSimon Gregorčič, poetTjaša Iris, painter
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