Ice skating during New Year under the submerged bell tower in Reschensee, Italy

Posted by on December 10, 2012

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There are so many strange things to see in the world and in Italy there are places you must not miss. For example especially striking with the winter light, the bell is submerged in Reschensee in the province of Bolzano. Yes, you read correctly, a bell under water out of which is only the upper part. How is this possible? In 1950 the construction of a dam was completed that joined two lakes and flooded everything there including the small village of Graun im Vinschgau which was rebuilt in bigger height.

Reschensee Lake Tower

Reschensee Lake Tower

Resia Lake

Resia Lake

Houses, land, everything was flooded including the church whose bell tower despite the depth of the lake and the continuous rise of the water rises from the surface in a quite original way. The church of the fourteenth century, it seems, is not prepared to lose its identity and therefore remains subject to making a fine show of its roof.

Missing village

Missing village

Bell Tower

Bell Tower

It is easy to imagine the amount of legends that have grown around the tower including the one where the bells ringing during the winter days which is quite difficult since they were removed and reused before the construction of the dam. The bell tower has become a real attraction so much so that in 2009 the lake was lowered to make possible its restoration.

Ice Lake during the winter

Ice Lake during the winter

Frozen Bell Tower

Frozen Bell Tower

The real peculiarity of this lake with a bell tower is that it freezes in the winter so if you are for Christmas or New Year in Val Venosta you should definitely spend some time there: with the waters frozen (from December to March, usually) in fact, you can approach the tower making cross-country skiing, ice skating, and when the wind allows it also iceboat.

Dark Tower

Dark Tower

Reschensee photos: Auslaender, Luca P., Grit Ende, pinkmonty photography, Claus Puhlmann, Christian Mahlknecht, wasserberg.

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