Marble from Lasa/Laas
White Gold from Venosta Valley
The extremely pure marble from Lasa is known all over the world. It is mostly used for building churches and in sculpture, but it was also used to build the new subway station Ground Zero in New York City. The precious metamorphic limestone is quarried from the northeast rock face of the Ortles mountain group. At the foot of the mountain, near the marble-working village of Lasa, the white blocks pile up to tower above the area.
The systematic acquisition of "the white gold" from Lasa and the nearby quarry in Covelano/Göflan dates back a long time. The Lasa marble cable car is used to transport the blocks themselves. The fascinating "Materialschrägbahn" - a kind of steep-mountain material railway - is today seen as an industrial monument and is still in use. There are also guided tours available through the marble quarry and along the transport system.