Farm Holidays - Glurns - Vinschgau - South Tirol

Vinschgau cultural experience

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Although it may not seem so at first, take a closer look and the Vinschgau reveals itself to be a true treasure trove of historic works of art. Particularly prolific traces have been left by the Romanesque period, which spanned from 1000 to 1300. The many small churches with their frescoes and porticoes, crucifixes and altarpieces are testament to a long forgotten era. A historical walk through the Vinschgau shows how profoundly these old traces still impact on our lives.
One of the most important Romanesque structures in the Vinschgau is the Marienberg Abbey. Although the complex has been added to and rebuilt in various sections over later centuries, its Romanesque core remains. The crypt was completed in 1160, the St. Michael Chapel followed in 1185, and in 1201 the abbey church was consecrated. Alongside the church and crypt, the main portal made of Vinschgau marble and grey granite has been preserved with its magical interplay of color.

The Churburg castle in Schluderns
The Romanesque towers are a particular symbol of the Vinschgau. They are scattered throughout the entire valley and all display uniform characteristics: rather short and squat with double-arched, sometimes even triple-arched windows, and a tower roof which is a brick square pyramid. St. Benedict in Mals, the old parish church of Laatsch, St. Sisinius in Laas and St. Medardus in Tarsch are just some of the many examples of these.
The parish church in Laas, the home of the famous marble of the same name, was built around 1220 and represents another historic rarity with its flat-roofed nave and the semicircular, vaulted apse. “The apse”, states North Tyrolean art historian Erich Egg, “is unmatched in Tyrol”, and is reminiscent of Lombard models.

The Upper Vinschgau is a treasure trove of art. Many people came through here over the centuries, from devout pilgrims and monks to merchants and Carni tribesmen, rulers and poor peasants. This brought openness. As a borderland in a landscape shaped by mountain passes, it was forever an area of interest for different lords; thus, many different influences shaped our homeland and continue to shape it, which ensures that it remains truly unique. There are no doubt very few such regions where the visitor can get a virtually uninterrupted picture from early history right through to the present day – all within spitting distance! From Carolingian frescoes, Romanesque constructions and painting right through to the very modern buildings, there is no shortage of artistic monuments here.

The people of the Vinschgau, it is claimed, are individualists, who have often succeeded in making a virtue out of hardship. Its settlement structure is quite particular and is strongly influence by the Rhaeto-Romanic. Visit the prehistoric burial sites at the Gangelegg above Schluderns and the Tartscher Bühel. Keep your eyes peeled for historically significant structures in the various villages and in the smallest town to the south of the Alps – Glurns, a medieval town with perfectly preserved Renaissance town walls with gate towers and picturesque arcades. Don’t miss out on a visit to see the Carolingian frescoes of St. Benedict Church and the Romanesque frescoes of the Marienberg Abbey!

Discover the treasures of our holiday region whilst you walk!