mb - 37. Lukmanier Pass - Church and Fountain for the thirsty Hiker

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Comments (11)

Margrit Berger on October 23, 2008

The highest point of the Lukmanier pass (1920m), which connects the canton of the Grisons with the canton Ticino. The Lukmanier also separates the languages Romantsh (not to be mistaken as Roumanian) to Italian, both official languages of Switzerland. The water of this fountain flows into the Ticino, then in the river Po and with it into the Adriatic Sea.

I think this church and fountain fit beautifully in this mountain region, they look themselves like rocks and cascades.

Passhöhe Lukmanier (1920m), die den Kanton Graubünden mit dem Kanton Tessin verbindet. Die Passhöhe bildet auch die Sprachgrenze von Romanisch(nicht zu verwechseln mit Rumänisch) zu Italienisch, beides offizielle Sprachen der Schweiz. Das Wasser dieses Brunnens fliesst in den Ticino, dann in den Po und damit in die Adria.

Diese Kirche und der Brunnen fügen sich sehr gut in diese Berglandschaft ein, sind sie doch sehr schön dem Gebirge und den Kaskaden des Gebirges nachempfunden.

Larry Workman QIN on October 24, 2008

I continue to enjoy this trip with you May. I found myself going to Google Earth today from the link above the photo to "fly" along to see what the countryside was like, and I am just amazed. I like the contrast of the white church with the earth tones of the mountain slopes. This is a very enjoyable image to explore. Best regards, Larry

Margrit Berger on October 25, 2008

Nicolas, thank you very much! It is a very special place. These passes, which connect North and South like for example the mighty St. Gotthard, to which we come later, sometimes weather changes, as soon as one gets over the pass. Not this time though, it was beautiful on both sides. When I was there the night before, it was far too dark, to get any photos, so I returned the next morning.

Larry, thank you so much! I opened Google Earth to see what amazed you. Is it the mountains or the roads climbing uphill? The day before I drove over the St. Gotthard down to Biasca and up the Blenio valley to the Lucomagno pass and down to the Surselva. The road passes through many galleries, crosses gorges and disappears in tunnels and passes through original mountain villages on the slopes. The old mule track went along the gorges and open pastures, a dangerous route for men and animals.

For the photo above I think I found the best angle to get the impression I had, when I saw it. They are sculptures of art!

My best greetings to both of you and thank you so much for sharing this journey with me, May

Larry Workman QIN on October 26, 2008

Grüezi May.

When I am in Google Earth I have the "terrain" box checked, so I can tilt the image and get a 3D view of the mountains and lay of the land, and then move around it almost as if I were in a helicopter.

I also find your information on the languages interesting. Switzerland is about three times larger than the Olympic Peninsula, so it seems strange that so many languages are spoken in such a small area. And then there is Swiss. I have only been able to find one web site with few Swiss words.

I have found what I think is a good translator on the Internet, so I have started using occasionally. It has a back translator, so I can see if what I wrote makes any sense, and I find many words do not translate very well, so I have to reword something to get the right meaning.

Ich finde auch Ihre Information über die Sprachen interessant. Die Schweiz ist ungefähr dreimal größer als die Olympische Halbinsel, so scheint es sonderbar, dass so viele Sprachen in solch einem kleinen Gebiet gesprochen werden. Ich habe nur eine Website mit wenigen schweizerischen Wörtern gefunden.

Ich habe gefunden, was ich denke, ist ein guter Übersetzer im Internet, so habe ich angefangen, gelegentlich zu verwenden. Es hat eine Zurückübersetzung, so kann ich sehen, ob, was ich schrieb, irgendwelchen Sinn hat, und ich finde, dass viele Wörter sehr gut nicht übersetzen, so muss ich etwas umformulieren, um die richtige Bedeutung zu bekommen.

The only language I learned other than English is Amharic. I have not used it in many years, so I am forgetting many of the words now.

Uf Wiederluege, Larry

Margrit Berger on October 26, 2008

Dear Larry, I am fascinated, that you are so interested and take all that trouble for Swiss German. The problem is, that Swiss German is not a written language, so there aren't any rules about orthography, especially since every region uses its own dialect. The German speaking Swiss write in German, which has many, what we call Helvetisms, meaning Swiss expressions. The Helvetians were a Celtic tribe living in parts of Switzerland and the name is still used in many daily subjects. For instance CH is used for number plates, internet endings etc, etc. meaning Confoederatio Helvetica in latin. It's fun to talk to people who are interested!

Romantsh is spoken only by about 40'000 people and actually it is divided in 5 different dialects, of which 3 main ones are written.

I looked up, what Amharic is and - yes, of course, I should have guessed that you speak an Ethiopian language. :)

Warm regards, May

Marilyn Whiteley on October 26, 2008

May, I'm in San Francisco and haven't had time to keep up with Panoramio. But when I checked your new shots this jumped out at me. I love the angular church and the angular fountain, and their relationsiph with the landforms--as well as the colours. Excellent photo! I'll look at the rest with more care after we get home. Best wishes, Marilyn

Margrit Berger on October 27, 2008

Dear Marilyn, thank you very much for visiting and your encouraging comment! I am happy that you have chosen this photo, it's actually the one I like most myself. The day before, I feared that the pass would be closed, because it said so in the Southern village below, they have had snow the day before. I hoped, it would be open anyway, because otherwise I would have had to return for dozens of miles at night to a place where I didn't want to go. Well I had to do this on the North side in any case, but that's where I finally wanted to arrive. Larry will know what I am talking about, when he repeats the journey with his GE helicopter from over the Gotthard down to Biasca and up the Lucomagna. I leave in a few hours to see part of my family in England, as soon as I come back I'll have a look at your gallery. I am so much behind, but probably we all know this problem. ;)

I wish you a wonderful time in San Francisco and take care! Warm wishes, May

Btw. Larry, my first journey in August took me from Sumiswald to Sursee, Luzern, Goeschenen, Andermatt, Oberalp, (a lovely pass), down to Ilanz and a lot further, which I will tell you in due time, when we continue. My second journey in October started in Sumiswald, across the hills to Thun, Spiez, Interlaken, Meiringen (Sherlock Holmes), the Susten, (most beautiful pass, I'll put up the photos later), Goeschenen, Schoellenen, Andermatt, St. Gotthard, (impressing and most important pass with an old history), down to Biasca, up the Lucomagna, Disentis, Sedrun, Ilanz etc. etc. more to come. Sorry, that I mixed them up a little because of the autumn colours, I wanted to show. ;) I hope to separate them now as we continue. I have added two different tags TraveldocuSwiss1 and TraveldocuSwiss2, so you always see which ones belong together.

Switzerland is indeed a very small country with little more than 40'000 km2, but there are so many varieties and different climates and cultures and the many passes and mountain roads take many hours to get from one point to the other. all in all are around 75'000 km asphalted roads and about 4500 km of railways, which have a very frequent timetable. Uf Wiederluege, May

skida on October 27, 2008

I love this photo May. I like the way the fountain and church compliment each other. I also like the title and how it suggests that two types of thirst can be quenched here.


Hank Waxman on November 4, 2008

Great shot, May. The viewer is definitely drawn up the path to the church from the fountain, and then straight up to the mountain top and more. Really well done.

Margrit Berger on November 5, 2008

Keith, thank you so much for your visit on the Lukmanier-Pass. And yes, in ancient times it was a fearful and long journey to cross this pass from the Surselva to the Southern region, or the other way round, through the mountains and gorges in any weather. They needed a rest for body and soul - on every mountain pass was also a hut to stay overnight and to get a meal. May

Margrit Berger on November 8, 2008

Hank, I knew you would see what I saw, when I was choosing the angle for the photo! Thank you very much! :) May

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  • Uploaded on October 23, 2008
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    by Margrit Berger
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ3
    • Taken on 2008/10/10 12:40:28
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