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Church Steeple of Castelrotto

It is said that the bell of the Castelrotto Parish Church has got the most beautiful pealing.

Castelrotto has got lots of lovely spots and one of them is probably the local parish church, dedicated to the Saints Peter and Paul, with its legendary church steeple. With a height of 88 m, the steeple isn’t only the highest one of the Sciliar area, but also features the bells with the most beautiful pealing of the surroundings. This is the reason why the inhabitants of Castelrotto are oh-so proud about their steeple and its bells.

Whenever possible they rung their beloved bell, but as time drew on the citizens of the neighbouring villages got so angry about this that they started teasing them to teach their boastful neighbours a lesson. In 1753 a fire destroyed the Gothic steeple with its eight bells.

The current church steeple features nine bells: eight of them were made in 1922 in the Adda foundry in the Italian town of Crema, while the ninth - and smallest - bell dates back to the year 1763. The church clock, however, was realized in the 18th century by the clockmakers Mathias and Peter Alneider from the Val Gardena. The classicistic Church Steeple of Castelrotto (Kastelruth) is separated from the body of the church, a rarity in South Tyrol.

Opening hours:
guided visit Tuesdays from 10 am to 11 am

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