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The treasures of the valleys
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il 12.03.13 Postato in Bormio

The treasures of the valleys

The charnel house of Cepina

It is a building used as a charnel house since the early 1900s and then as a baptistery; it is located near the Parish Church of St. Maria Assunta. It is a stone building enclosed on three sides, the side of the entrance is closed by a magnificent gate divided into three wrought iron doors of Baroque style. The bones of the dead, once stacked and exposed to view and meditation of the faithful, now lie in the lower basement which is accessed through narrow hatches.

Cepina Cancellata

Oga Fort

It was built to defend the mountain passes in the event of a conflict with Austria. In the main part, preceded by a courtyard, there are the dormitories, the warehouses, the infirmary, the officers' quarters and the access to concealed turrets with machine guns, On the second floor there is the control room with observatory. On the other side of the courtyard there are the powder keg, the kitchen and other rooms and warehouses. Along the main road, which is accessed through a large portal, there are barracks and two small buildings with accommodation and warehouses.

The Museum of the Valley in Valfurva

It was born thanks to the passionate and tenacious will of Mario Testorelli to collect and preserve valuable evidence of the civilization, history, culture and traditions that developed in the valley. The museum presents a comprehensive picture of the social and religious life through three main areas: home and work, (including mountaineering that is how to survive in a place covered with snow from October to May) and sacred art. The old mill for rye grinding and the oven for baking bread are fascinating. The section dedicated to the First World War is rich in findings and evidences that recall events that have directly affected the Valfurva and its inhabitants.

St. Gallo in Valdidentro

The history of the church of St. Gallo is closely linked to the dark period of the witch trials: the evening before the execution the convicts were transported to a small room next to the building. In the nearby there is a place named "Field of Justice" where the bones of the executed were discovered a few years ago. The location of the church, isolated from the town, suggests a monastic settlement. There is also an underground, perhaps an ancient crypt. St. Gallo overlooks the plain with its polygonal slender steeple

The Towers of Fraele

They are nearly 2000 meters above sea level near the dams of Cancano and St. Giacomo. They were built to control the "Imperial Way of Alemagna", a sturdy trail that connected Bormio to Switzerland. The Two Towers, located on the right and on the left side of the trail, in a place that left no other room, allowed absolute control over everything. The first square based tower is the largest and the best preserved with its 6.5 meter. It was divided into several floors, connected by an internal ramp of wooden stairs. The second tower, also with a square base, is a bit 'smaller, its side is 5.7 meters large. It is a bit battered, having dropped the facade facing south. This was also divided into several levels, from which you could control the land around through the narrow slits.

The Sanctuary of the “Madonna of Tirano”

This Church is in the center of a large rectangular square in the exact spot where on September 29, 1504 at dawn Our Lady appeared to the noble Mario Omodeo from Tirano. It is a place of worship because of the miraculous healings occurred as a result of the apparition. The constant flow of pilgrims is evidenced by the "ex voto" tablets covering the walls of the chapel dedicated to Our Lady. Also the precious silk mantle wrapping up the statue of the “Madonna and Child with angels” carved in wood and then painted, is an “ex voto” which was donated after a period of pestilence. On the back side of the altar a small wooden table commemorates the place where the Virgin Mary stood during the apparition. The great organ was carved in wood by many artists who worked there for about sixty years.