The Semi Submerged Church at Curon Venosta

Image by Snowdog

Image by Snowdog

Some time ago Weburbanist did a fantastic article entitled 7 Submerged Wonders of the World, highlighting an astounding selection of underwater cities, monuments and statues.  Here’s one with a twist!  This semi-submerged bell tower is all that can be seen of the church at Curon Venosta, a small Northern Italian town flooded to make way for an artificial lake.

church Lake Resia 2

(Images via Luca Lorenzi (left) and Frederik Schulz, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0)

In winter, when the lake freezes, the old church tower can be reached on foot.  Something of a local landmark, it has received restoration work to protect it against water freezing in cracks within the masonry.

Image by Cane Rosso

Image by Cane Rosso

Legend has it that on a cold winter’s day the bells can be heard ringing out across the lake.  It’s hardly surprising that such a strange setting has carved its place in local folklore, but any logical explanation for the eerie chimes is defied by the fact that the bells at Curon Venosta church were removed years ago, before the lake was flooded.

Images by vetrone

Images by vetrone

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  • BelleBeataux

    I want to live there – it looks like a fairy tale.

  • Alex

    This is an AMAZING picture!!!!! How did you hear about it? I’ve heard of this happening before where they’ve made reservoirs and stuff and flooded villages, but never actually seen one… Can’t believe it hasn’t collapsed!

  • Alex

    Belle – I couldn’t have put it better!

  • pissed off at like buttons

    i am sure that I would have enjoyed the post much more if there was that stupid like me shit in the way, as is this was an utterly useless waste of time. I, however will take the title and go look elsewhere on the internet for a thoughtful and informative piece. Get this shit off of here, or ass a “no I do not like ass in my face button”. I piss on your shoes.


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