Beautiful located hut with incredible rocky wall behind it. Is it Sorapis ?
Yes, this is Sorapiss. Normally I know this mountain only as background from lake Misurina, but it's really impressive to walk right into this circle of rocks.
Sorapiss is such a special mountain! Do you know the legend of how it came into being, along with Lake Misurina?
Nachtmusik, is there a legend? Please tell it to me, I like such stories about mountains, giants and gnomes! Many greetings, Serena
Sure there is, the Dolomites are full of stories and legends. I'll write it in English, for I suppose many people who come to see this photo do not speak German.
This is the most commonly told version of the legend of Sorapiss and Misurina.
Misurina was the only daughter of the old king Sorapiss, a widower. She was very beautiful, but also very capricious. The king loved her very much and indulged her in everything. When she was about 7 years old, she heard about a fairy, living at Monte Cristallo, who had a mirror that was reading the thoughts of everyone who looked in it. Misurina wanted the mirror at all costs, so she convinced her father to take her to the fairy and ask for the mirror. The fairy had no intention to give it away to such a capricious little girl, but king Sorapiss insisted and even started crying. She seemingly gave in, but invented a pact that she thought would turn them away - she had a beautiful garden at Monte Cristallo, but since there was too much sun, the flowers would wither away too soon; she would give them the mirror if Sorapiss accepted to turn into a mountain to give shadow to her flowers. King Sorapiss agreed and gave the mirror to his daughter, telling her what he had to give in return. Misurina was thrilled to have the mirror and expressed her delight at the idea that her father would turn into a mountain, where she could play and have fun. At that very moment, Sorapiss started getting transformed into a mountain. Misurina was still enchanted by the mirror and when at one point she looked around, she was very high in the mountain and got overwhelmed by dizziness, which caused her to fall down into the abyss, created by her father's transformation into a mountain. King Sorapiss, before the end of the transformation, saw his daughter die and, since his eyes were still alive and open, he cried so many bitter and painful tears that they turned into two streams that came down the rock that he became and created a lake at his foot, that took the name of his daughter - Misurina. The mirror broke down, its fragments got carried down by the king's tears and ended up in the lake, creating the incredible reflections on its water.
Nachtmusik, I'm so happy about your time spent for writing this phantastic legend for me and all the others interested, thank you very much! All my best wishes to you, Serena
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Photo taken in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno, Italy
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