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Castles and churches in Val Gardena
Mother Nature has created the most spectacular monuments in Val Gardena, but there is more to the region than the fine scenery nevertheless, including works of man which are very much worth discovering. Those works of man are the most impressive that have been set in the beautiful countryside of Val Gardena, like the Crucifix of Seurasas or St. Jacob's Chapel.
The Ortisei Parish Church is a product of the late Baroque period, with two side aisles added at the beginning of the 20th century. Inside the church are numerous paintings and statues, including a huge statue of St. Ulrich by Ludwig Moroder and an Adoration of the Magi by Josef Moroder-Lusenberg as an altar- piece. The finely carved wooden pews should not be missed, either.
St. Anne's Chapel was built at the cemetery in Ortisei at about the beginning of the 15th century and enlarged around 1515. The simple little building has a beautiful portal and a number of interesting old gravestones and memorial tablets.
Another unassuming building is St. Anthony's Chapel on the main square of Ortisei (built in 1673). It has a pretty ridge turret, which makes it a popular motif for photographers, and an altarpiece depicting the chapel's patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua, painted by the Swiss artist Melchior Paul von Deschwanden in the Nazarene style of the 19th century.
St. Jacob's Church (la "dlieja da Sacun") above Ortisei is thought to be the oldest ecclesiastical building in the valley. It is dedicated to St. Jacob, the patron saint of walkers and pilgrims. The church occupies a picturesque location, and there is a fine collection of frescoes in the choir plus sculptures on the Baroque high altar (originals in the Val Gardena Local Heritage Museum). Ask at the Tourist Offices about the opening hours of the church.

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.