Highest pilgrimage church in Europe. Definitely worth a visit. For families with children, I recommend the relaxed route from Kasereck. The climb is easy to manage and there are great views of the mountains in the area. Warning: the weather should be good, otherwise you won't get much of the wonderful landscape and the great mountains.
August 21, 2020
La Croce di Lazfons is the highest pilgrimage site in South Tyrol, at 2,305 meters, on the southern slope of Cima San Cassiano. It is also the oldest religious itinerary in the region. Here there is a small church and the Santa Croce di Lazfons refuge, a destination for pilgrims and hikers.
The current neo-Gothic church, dating back to 1860, stands on the remains of a small 18th century chapel, a place of devotion and prayer for the farmers who came here to invoke protection from bad weather and storms. Inside, precisely in the bell tower, there are three small bells specially cast by Grasmair da Bressanone. This church can be reached after a via crucis of 15 stations making it the point for a highest pilgrimage in Europe.
The adjacent Santa Croce di Lazfons refuge (in German Schutzhaus Latzfonserkreuz) was originally a mere shelter for cattle drivers on the mountain pastures. In 1743, with the construction of the votive chapel, the small shelter was enlarged to accommodate pilgrims. In 1899 the Bozen section of the DÖAV provided for a further expansion but since after the First World War it has fallen into decline. From 1940 it was once again used as a sheep shelter and in 1947 it was definitively closed. Years later, the parish priest of Lazfons, Bartholomäus Terzer, bought the ruins and was able to rebuild it with the help of the population. It was officially inaugurated on May 28, 1952.
From the Croce di Lazfons, immersed in the Sarentine Alps, the view extends to Sassolungo, Punta Grohmann, Catinaccio d’Antermoia and Catinaccio.
November 2, 2021
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