"Walk to the beautiful Sta Maria church" Pontresina Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

Pontresina Things to Do: 21 reviews and 87 photos

  Arriving at the little church
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  • Arriving at the little church - Pontresina
      Arriving at the little church
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  • Bell tower - Pontresina
      Bell tower
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  • View over the Alps - Pontresina
      View over the Alps
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  • In front is a romantic cemetery - Pontresina
      In front is a romantic cemetery
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  • Paintings above the entrance - Pontresina
      Paintings above the entrance
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Walking in this cute village of Pontresina, you will admire the neat and coloured houses, watch people, have beautiful lookouts on mountains, enjoy the steep garden borderd little backstreets, but if you stay in the village itself you will miss one of the ?must see? (in addition to the beautiful mountains): the tiny, poetic and beautiful Sta Maria church, located a few hundred metres from the village.
Sta Maria is located behind the cemetery of Carlihof, South West of the village, on the lower slopes of Alp Languard, just before the forest.
From outside, this church is not spectacular, has a few paintings outside (picture 1), and the square shaped bell tower (picture 2) has nicely been renocated. Before entering the church, it is nice to walk around and enjoy the views over the Alps (picture 3), walk in the cemetery (picture 4), and then get closer to the entrance and begin to admire the paintings (picture 5). The paintings above the entrance are a flavour of what you will discover inside!
This roman chapel has been built in the 11th century and contains wall paintings (13-15th centuries) of extraordinary beauty, in very good conservation condition. The ?Pontem Sarasinam? lords (Ponte Sarazinam, reminding the Sarrasin attacks during the end 10th century in the area) commissioned artists to decorate the church with paintings telling stories of the Bible and the saints. All walls are painted, many scenes are like disconnected from each other, the reds and blacks under the wooden ceiling give an extraordinary impression of holiness!
It is not possible to take photographs inside, so I refer you to very rare pictures of this church (There are beautiful pictures in the booklet you can buy for 6 FS in the church, edited by the Swiss History of Arts Society, but they do not publish on the Web), and I only found a picture by VT-er German Eagle who managed to take a picture for his St Moritz page, another from Panoramio, and a few on this web page.

Directions: Walk South West on the main street, take left on Via Cruscheda, for 300 m, you will see a tower; walk higher and you soon will see the church; way is then obvious.

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  • Written Nov 11, 2009
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