The Dolomites UNESCO Infopoint In Zannes in the Val di Funes valley tells the 270 million year history of the “Pale Mountains”
You can experience 270 million years in fast motion at the Dolomites Infopoint. Once there was a tropical sea here with numerous atolls: The area where the world-famous mountains rise today was a large warm sea basin. Only when the African continent slowly began to drift towards Europe the actual folding of the Dolomites began. This had already been prepared for a long time by various phenomena: Volcanoes erupted, and buried and changed the existing reefs.
In the Ladinian period, 236 million years ago, the volcanic activity ended and a vast coastal plain was formed. Around 228 million years ago, the first dinosaurs settled here... you can find out what happened next at the Dolomites UNESCO Infopoint: There is plenty to wonder and learn about in the modern new building, which is modelled on the Odle Peaks. The exhibition and the mountains were also incorporated into the interior design of the rooms by Arch. Christa Mair. Have fun!
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The Dolomites UNESCO Infopoint stays open in summer and in winter, closed on Mondays, open daily during the Christmas and the Carnival holidays. Winter season start 2023 on December 26.