Cengles

Located at the foot of the Croda di Cengles, there is the homonymous village, comprised by the Stelvio national park.

The village of Cengles is surrounded by apple and apricot trees as well as by the meadows of Cengles. In 1983, this wetland, an area of about 34 hectares, has by the way been declared a protected area.

The name of the village probably derives from the late Latin term “masi cengiles”, which means Zinshof (litereally translated cense farm). In other words, the farmers cultivating these farms had to cede great parts of their harvest to the landlords that owned the farm and the fields.

A curiosity about Cengles is that within the entire Eastern Alps, there is no place that boasts a greater altitude drop within the smallest distance. That is to say, within 6 km only, the territory rises from the valley basin onto the Croda di Cengles (3,378 m). Particularly worth seeing is the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish church, dating back to 1500. Its side chapel is considered one of the most beautiful sacred Baroque buildings of the Val Venosta valley. Also worth seeing is the S. Ottilia church, as well as the Cengles Castle.

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