From of March 2017, a comprehensive Menhir exhibition will be to visit in the Schlandersburg castle
In 2013 two statue-stele (or statue-menhirs) carved from Vinschgau marble
were discovered during construction works at Vetzan
near Schlanders. They are extraordinary silent witnesses to the Copper Age
past. The carved figures give us a glimpse into the society of the time and tell a fascinating story about our forefathers.
The two statue-stele of Vinschgau marble were discovered during the construction of a glass house at the Schöpf Nursery in Vetzan. One is a male and one a female figure
. The male is over 3 m high
. He is wearing a belt formed of decorative swags. Above it is the handle of a dagger. The female statue-stele is wearing a robe and a pendant and is portrayed with breasts.
It is no longer possible for us to figure out the original arrangement of the statue-stele. It is highly probable that they once belonged to a group of statue-stele.
In addition to these two originals, 18 menhirs - from South Tyrol and Trentino - are to be seen as abstracted metal sculptures.
Opening hours of the exhibition
Mon - Fri from 9-12 am and 2-6 pm,
Sat from 9-12 am