St. Veit´s Church

General description

The mystical Hill of Tartsch towers amidst the green valley of Upper Vinschgau Valley, surrounded by the villages of Glurns/ Glorenza, Matsch/ Mazia and Mals/ Malles. Due to its position as viewing platform, the schist drumlin was already settled in prehistoric times. In the 11th century A.D. the Romanesque St. Veit Church dedicated to St. Vitus was erected upon a pagan cult site. It is one of the few churches that were never restored and displays precious medieval murals.
The Romanesque frescoes, which unfortunately have only been preserved in a few places, are of great art-historical importance. The interior of the church has a wooden ceiling from the 16th century. 
Traces of fire can still be seen in some parts of the church. These date back to the Engadine War of 1499. 

The church S. Veit is open from June to October every Thursday at 5pm for the guided tours in german and italian language (Info: +39 0473 831190).

Description to arrive at destination

The St. Veit church is on the Tartscher hill which can be reached on foot at approx. 10 minutes.

You can park in the car park behind the church.
Public transport
You can reach Tartsch both from Merano and from the Reschenpass with the city bus (278).
08. June - 12. October
17:00 - 18:00
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Stairways to Heaven
Stairways to Heaven is a cultural project on the route from Engadin in Switzerland to South Tyrol. Dozens of Romanesque churches and monasteries can be seen along the way – for example the Marienberg Benedictine Abbey above Burgusio/Burgeis, St. Benedict in Malles/Mals, St. Johann in Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch or St. Veith at the Tarces Hill.
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The cultural region of Venosta Valley in South Tyrol is characterized by its lively customs, traditions and also sense of innovation; from the Romanesque “Stairways to Heaven” project through all periods of art up to contemporary architecture, art, theater and music.
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