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S. Cristina, located in the middle of the valley near the ancient high-level track called Troi
Paian, is the oldest parish in Val Gardena. A chapel dedicated to St. Christine is thought to
have stood here towards the end of the 12th century. Today all that remains of the
Romanesque church, which is mentioned in a papal letter of 1342 , is the wall of the
bell-tower as far as the eaves. Later rebuilding and additional structures greatly changed the
original character of the church. The choir was built in the Gothic period, and a polygonal
charnel house was added in the 16th century. Other interesting features include the high altar
surround, which was created around 1690 in the workshop of the famous Vinazer family of
sculptors, and a bronze statue of St. Philomena, a neoclassical work by Dominik
St. Mary’s Parish Church in Selva Gardena: the 19th century neo-Gothic nave was
demolished in 1988 and replaced by a modern octagonal structure. The beautiful chancel
dating back to 1670, however, was preserved, complete with the painting of the Madonna
with Child by Lukas Cranach on the high altar (now a copy). In 1503 Wilhelm von
Wolkenstein had a chapel dedicated to the Virgin built here, which subsequently had to be
enlarged several times to cope with the large numbers of people who came to this popular
place of pilgrimage – as they still do today. On the outside wall of the sacristy there is a
stone painted with the coat of arms of the Counts of Wolkenstein.
St. Sylvester’s Chapel in Vallunga is an attractive little building located at the beginning of
the valley, just a few minutes’ walk from the car park. The religious origins of the site are
unknown, but since time immemorial people have come from near and far to pray at this
chapel, which is dedicated to the patron saint of cattle. Restoration work carried out in
1993 revealed over 300-year-old frescoes depicting the life of Jesus.
At the cemetery in Selva Gardena there is a memorial chapel built in memory of the
mountaineers who lost their lives in the Dolomites of Val Gardena (like the legendary Emilio
Comici in 1940). Their names are engraved for posterity in the great brass book.
At Val Gardena, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, mountain chalets, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.