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.
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.
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.
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