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Church in San Vigilio/St.Vigil - Dolomites


Ancient, pale Dolomite giants towering above Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park, picturesque meadows in the valley, old-style, weathered wooden works of art set in a picture-postcard spot dominated by agriculture – there are countless sights in store around San Vigilio and San Martin. But if we zoom into a more urban setting we have a 56-metre-high gothic tower on a sunny sloping meadow southwest of Kronplatz. 'Enneberg Pfarre' is its name, a gem from the olden days, with the old village centre around it consisting of a 'Widum', or rectory, a school and a church. The latter is responsible for religious activity in the whole valley and is still today a popular place of pilgrimage. The main village of San Vigilio has likewise an interesting baroque church with a pleasant interior.

Cross in San Vigilio/St.Vigil

Near the church, on the village square, there is the 100-year-old statue of Katherina Lanz, the most famous woman of Ladin origin immortalised in various history books. This 'Tyrolean Joan of Arc', better known as 'the girl from Spinges', successfully saw off the French during the struggle for independence. Another child of the valley, who gained fame more recently thanks to his beatification, is St. Josef Freinademetz. The small chapel made of larch wood on the edge of the forest by the hamlets of Seres and Misci is dedicated to him. In San Martin, too, or Lungiarü, to be more exact, there is a special church – St. Luzia parish church. The elegant, Romanesque quadrilateral is located in the village centre, surrounded by the churchyard. Linear, with a clear form, the church provides a wonderful contrast to the jagged mountain backdrop.

statue of Katharina Lanz in San Vigilio/St.Vigil

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