You all know that Italy is not only beaches and renaissance cities full of tourists, but wherever you go you will find something breathtaking. This is exactly the case if you happen to be in Southern Tyrol, in the Trentino-Alto Adige Region. While staring at the Lake Resia, you cannot help thinking of what on earth has happened here. How did a church end up in the lake?
Lake Resia is an artificial alpine lake in the Western part of Trentino Alto Adige, 3 kms from the Swiss border. Its unmistakeable symbol is the bell tower of a church standing in the middle of it.
The scenery is certainly romantic, its history is a bit less. The present view is the result of human irresponsability. There uses to be three lakes at the Resia strait, which have been unified in 1950 in order to have a dam buil. This is how the Lake Resia (Reschensee in German /Lago di Resia in Italian) was born and this is how the tiny little town of Curon and a part of Resia village were submerged. The whole population of Curon was evacuated and locals were moved to the surrounding mountains. The inhabitants obviously were not enthusiastic about the constructions, they begged for help also from the Pope to have the works stopped, but there was no way and hence, in 1950, when the work was completed, the buildings of the towns were destroyed and the water of the three lakes submerged 163 houses and 523 hectares of fields. One of these buildings was a church built in the 14th century, the bell tower of which is still standing and which has never been completely destroyed as it was under monument protection….well this is akind of protection, isn’t it?
During cold winter days, when the lake is frozen you can also walk near the tower. Urban legends say that sometimes you can hear the bells ring……even if they have been removed back in 1950.
Looking for other Alpine destinations? Take a look at Giaveno in Piedmont!