St. Mary’s Parish Church in Selva Gardena

St. Mary’s Parish Church in Selva Gardena
St. Mary’s Parish Church in Selva Gardena 

St. Mary’s Parish Church in Selva Gardena: The 19th century neo-Gothic nave was demolished in 1988 and replaced by a modern octagonal structure. The beautiful chancel dating back to 1670, however, was preserved, complete with the painting of the Madonna with Child by Lukas Cranach on the high altar (now a copy). In 1503 Wilhelm von Wolkenstein had a chapel dedicated to the Virgin built here, which subsequently had to be enlarged several times to cope with the large numbers of people who came to this popular place of pilgrimage – as they still do today. On the outside wall of the sacristy there is a stone painted with the coat of arms of the Counts of Wolkenstein.

St. Sylvester’s Chapel in Vallunga

St. Sylvester’s Chapel in Vallunga
St. Sylvester’s Chapel in Vallunga 

St. Sylvester’s Chapel in Vallunga (Selva Gardena) is an attractive little building located at the beginning of the valley, just a few minutes’ walk from the car park. The religious origins of the site are unknown, but since time immemorial people have come from near and far to pray at this chapel, which is dedicated to the patron saint of cattle. Restoration work carried out in 1993 revealed over 300-year-old frescoes depicting the life of Jesus.

Memorial Chapel

Memorial Chapel
Memorial Chapel 

At the cemetery in Selva Gardena there is a memorial chapel built in memory of the mountaineers who lost their lives in the Dolomites of Val Gardena (like the legendary Emilio Comici in 1940). Their names are  engraved for posterity in the great brass book.

Chapel at the Passo Gardena

The chapel at the Passo Gardena is devoted to Saint Maurice, the patron of the Italian “Alpini”. It has been built by the Alpini Group Selva – S. Cristina and inaugurated in spring 2004.

S. Cristina, is the oldest parish church in Val Gardena

S. Cristina, is the oldest parish church in Val Gardena
S. Cristina, is the oldest parish church in Val Gardena 

S. Cristina, located in the middle of the valley near the ancient high-level track called Troi Paian, is the oldest parish church in Val Gardena. A chapel dedicated to S. Cristina is thought to have stood here towards the end of the 12th century. Today all that remains of the Romanesque church, which is mentioned in a papal letter of 1342, is the wall of the bell-tower as far as the eaves. Later rebuilding and additional structures greatly changed the original character of the church. The choir was built in the Gothic period, and a polygonal charnel house was added in the 16th century. Other interesting features include the high altar surround, which was created around 1690 in the workshop of the famous Vinazer family of sculptors.

The saint Jacob's Church in Val Gardena

The saint Jacob's Church in Val Gardena
The saint Jacob's Church in Val Gardena 

The St Jacob’s Church (in Ladin “dlieja da Sacun”) is situated above Ortisei in Val Gardena and can be reached only by foot from the hamlet San Giacomo. It’s the oldest church in Val Gardena and distinguishes itself by beautiful Gothic frescoes that date back to the late 15th century and a richly decorated high altar with figures built by the famous local sculptors Vinazer.
The church is dedicated to St Jacob, the patron saint of travellers and pilgrims.
People don’t know when the church was built, but first written documents date back to 1283.

Ortisei Parish Church

The Ortisei Parish Church is a product of the late Baroque period, with two side aisles added at the beginning of the 20th century. Inside the church are numerous paintings and statues, including a huge statue of Saint Ulrich by Ludwig Moroder and an Adoration of the Magi by Josef Moroder-Lusenberg as an altarpiece. The finely carved wooden pews should not be missed, either.

St. Anne's Chapel

St. Anne's Chapel was built at the cemetery in Ortisei at about the beginning of the 15th century and enlarged around 1515. The simple little building has a beautiful portal and a number of interesting old gravestones and memorial tablets.

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