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Sacred Heart Fire

The Sacred Heart Fire

Every third Sunday after Pentecost, Sacred Heart Fires are lit along the mountain ridges all across the South Tyrol. The spectacle can be seen from afar and attracts many onlookers. This old custom, which was variously named midsummer fires, Christian Johannis fire and finally, during the Napoleonic era in 1796, the Sacred Heart Promise.

The tradition of the mountain fires actually dates back to pre-Christian times but in 1796, by the time Napoleon's army had reached the Alps, the light of the fires was turned into the Sacred Heart alliance. When faced with the threat of war, the Tyrolean parliament decided to entrust the country to the care of the "most holy heart of Jesus" in the quest for Divine redemption.
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Discover, Taste and Experience the Markets of Upper Venosta Valley
 
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From 8 to 11 december 2016 the old arcades and the tranquil town square are the romantic backdrop for the Glorenza Christmas market.
 
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Welcome to the Upper Venosta culture region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Upper Venosta Valley.