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Get to know the history and culture of the Dolomite Ladins and enjoy your varied stay in Val Badia.

Museum Castel of Tor
"Ciastel de Tor" stands on a small hill above the picturesque village of San Martino, in a fantastic location, in complete harmony with the landscape and nature. This medieval building is home to the Provincial Museum of History and Culture of Val Badia.
Info: www.museumladin.it

Churches in Alta Badia:
In Pedraces - The Saint Joseph Freinademetz
The Sanctuary of Oies is small, and if you want to join an excursion group, not to be confused with other groups, would be useful to give prior notice. The house and the church are open throughout the year. A guided tour is always possible and is not necessary to book. It can be reached easily by bus or car to the place of pilgrimage.
Info: www.freinademetz.it

The Church of St. Barbara
It is half an hour's walk from the center of La Val (La Valle) and it was built by miners, who were treating in Valparola the minerals (ores) extracted from Monte Pore. Of great historical and artistic value, interest, is the Crucifixion in open area, depicted outside the church. Info: www.alta-badia.org

Church of St. Catarina in Corvara:
In the Christian arts, saints are depicted with a halo light around the head, these pagan customs of the artists. So they were able to bring out the main characters in a picture with a halo, with the golden (or green, or even blue) background. For the saints this holy light, was the light of faith.
Info: www.altoadige-suedtirol.it

UrsusSpelaeus (cave bears)
The first big sensation occured in the year 1987, our uncle Willi Costamoling, a well-known hotelier in Val Badia, made an exceptional discovery: penetrating a cave in the Conturines, located a few weeks earlier in one of his periodic fossil-hunting excursions, he found the prehistoric remains of the URSUS SPELEUS at the bottom of a steep and rugged slope. This find has been defined by several palaeontologists and experts as being of extraordinary importance, as it shows that the various periods of glaciation in the Alps took place at closer intervals than previously thought.
Remains have been found dating back to 90, 70 and 45 thousand years ago.
This means that the URSUS SPELEUS inhabited the Dolomites in the intervals of temperate climates, between one Ice Age and the next.
This large herbivorous mammal, called the "KING OF THE DOLOMITES" weighed about 500 Kg and was the largest inhabitant of the area. During fine weather, it grazed in the high mountain pastures, preparing for long periods of hibernation in the caves.
Remains of a "cave lion" have also been found, which probably ventured into the cave looking for food (bear cubs) and was the victim of a fatal blow by a parent in defense of its offspring. Many of the finds are still being studied at the University of Vienna, whilst the others are at the Department for Natural Assets in Bolzano.
Info: www.altoadige-suedtirol.it

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