Close to Passo Resia, where the Adige river has its origins, a steeple soars out of the water, that is the symbol of the Val Venosta.
Image gallery: Church tower of Lake Resia
For the production of electricity, the villages of Curon and parts of Resia, as well as the ancient hamlets of Arlung, Piz, Gorf and Stockerhöfe were waterlogged. The inhabitants of these villages were expropriated forcibly and forced to resettle somewhere else. In summer of the year 1950, the buildings of the former villages were blasted and flooded. Only the Romanesque steeple of the 14th century was spared, as it was monumentally protected.
The upper end of the church tower can be still seen today. Numerous legends and tellings swirl around the flooding and the steeple. In colloquial speech sometimes you can still hear the bells ring from the depth.
In summer the lake is a popular excursion destination and ideal for relaxation and recreation. The high wind forces make Lake Resia also a hot spot for kitesurfers, whereas in winter the lake is a meeting point for those who love ice sailing and snowkiting, including people coming from all over Europe.