Versunkene Kirche im Reschensee

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THE TRAGEDY OF RESCHENSEE 1949/50 For electricity, the villages of Graun and (partly) Reschen and ancient hamlets of Arlund, Piz, Gorf and Stocker Stockerhöfe (St. Valentine) were flooded.

A large artificial lake of 677 ha was created, which destroyed nearly one thousand years of settlement history and a unique culture and landscape of the plateau at the Reschenpass.

In 1939 the water level of the Italian project from 1920 was increased, by the then fascist government, from 5 meter to 22 meter (+17 meters). This was done without informing the people and without any legal or environmental assessment.

The inhabitants were expropriated without compensation and were forced to move. This was done in the "national interest to strengthen the national industry".

The Second World War delayed the construction. Swiss investors were needed to solve financial problems. In 1949, the first electricity had to be delivered to Switzerland.

Südtirol and its towns could not do anything. Due to the fascist regime from 1923 - 1952 there was no elected government in the towns. Südtirol had no elected government until 1948.

In the summer of 1950 the buildings were blown up and flooded, forcing inhabitants to either move or to live in barracks for 2 years. The tower from the 14th century was left intact as a memorial monument.

In the years after 1973 the government of Südtirol has carried out extensive restoration measures. Approx. 35 ha of cropland have been recovered using material from the lake.

CONSEQUENCES: 70% of the population moved; 181 buildings demolished; 514 ha of cropland have been lost; 70% fewer livestock.

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Comments (78)

VLADiMIR К on October 15, 2012

Очень грустно и очень красиво... Прекрасный взгляд автора.Нравится. И мои комплименты. С уважением, Владимир (Киев)

Dido Panizzon on October 21, 2012

Always nice this place! The B / W added drama to the scene! LK

Ciao, dido.

Beatriz Abella Villa… on November 10, 2012

Para reflexionar

Martin Podt on November 16, 2012

Thank you all very much for your visits, comments and (YS)L's!

Greetings from the Netherlands, Martin

Ирина Лапис on November 24, 2012

very sad and very beautifull picture L+F

Martin Podt on February 8, 2013

Thanks a lot, Ramka!

Martin Podt on February 8, 2013

Ja, dit is inderdaad een stuwmeer... ;)

Ik heb een beetje een dubbel gevoel bij deze foto. Vlak voordat ik deze foto heb gemaakt, heb ik namelijk mijn fototoestel laten vallen... op het asfalt. :( Gelukkig was het die dag erg warm en wat het asfalt vrij zacht en is het toestel wonder boven wonder vrijwel niet beschadigd.

Groeten, Martin

Fabyo Cardozo on February 20, 2013

Cenário incrível!..L63 F24

Paul_V._Lashkevich on March 13, 2013

Курон-Веноста, Провінція Больцано, Італія -- Reschensee - Lago di Resia 46° 48' 34.32" N 10° 32' 14.30" E

+++ +++ PaulV.Lashkevich

ériimi on March 16, 2013

Sad picture, but excellent photo. Favorite.

Greetings, Imre

david Saussé on April 8, 2013

Très jolie noir et blanc,une belle composition!

sergioRmatte on August 23, 2013

M. Podt ><67>

Very interesting, I liked!

Greetings, sergio

Aperturix Pano on October 15, 2013

Grüße von Aperturix

Giannino NO VIEWS on December 26, 2013

amazing clocktower emerging from the water - L I K E - The best wishes from ROME - Gianni

Miguel Bortfeldt on February 3, 2014

Superb composition. L+F. Best wishes, Miguel.

okolot on March 24, 2014


Marketa.L on September 7, 2014

Very nice.


Croli on February 9

Great presentation!! Like!

Many Greetings, Croli.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 27, 2012
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    by Martin Podt
    • Camera: SONY NEX-5N
    • Taken on 2012/08/21 18:20:39
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 52.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100