Oops! Am I here in a Swiss Navy cemetery?
When you visit the cemetery at the feet of the Sta Maria chapel, you may have that sort of thought raising in your brain, as you will see, among many conventional tombs, a number of anchors set as crosses or decorating tombs and monuments; it took me some time to realise that there anchors are in fact ice axes! We are here in high mountains, and for many people (not only mountain guides) this tool was a every day’s life tool, and probably it is also a symbol for the people living here.
Some crosses are just an ice axe, in the old fashion shape (picture 1); other tomb stones are carved with ice axe and rope (picture 2), and small poetic crosses (picture 3) show how the mountain is really part of people’s life in Pontresina.
In general the cemetery, is very “classic” with tombstones and monuments, but it is so soothing to walk in the flowered alleys (picture 4).
And in Pontresina lived probably some poet or writer who “received” a very moving and romantic monument (picture 5); I want a beautiful lady writing on my grave for eternity. . . . .
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Walk to the beautiful Sta Maria church
Walking in this cute village of Pontresina, you will admire the neat and coloured houses, watch people, have beautiful lookouts on mountains, enjoy the steep garden borderd little backstreets, but if you stay in the village itself you will miss one of the “must see” (in addition to the beautiful mountains): the tiny, poetic and beautiful Sta Maria church, located a few hundred metres from the village.
Sta Maria is located behind the cemetery of Carlihof, South West of the village, on the lower slopes of Alp Languard, just before the forest.
From outside, this church is not spectacular, has a few paintings outside (picture 1), and the square shaped bell tower (picture 2) has nicely been renocated. Before entering the church, it is nice to walk around and enjoy the views over the Alps (picture 3), walk in the cemetery (picture 4), and then get closer to the entrance and begin to admire the paintings (picture 5). The paintings above the entrance are a flavour of what you will discover inside!
This roman chapel has been built in the 11th century and contains wall paintings (13-15th centuries) of extraordinary beauty, in very good conservation condition. The “Pontem Sarasinam” lords (Ponte Sarazinam, reminding the Sarrasin attacks during the end 10th century in the area) commissioned artists to decorate the church with paintings telling stories of the Bible and the saints. All walls are painted, many scenes are like disconnected from each other, the reds and blacks under the wooden ceiling give an extraordinary impression of holiness!
It is not possible to take photographs inside, so I refer you to very rare pictures of this church (There are beautiful pictures in the booklet you can buy for 6 FS in the church, edited by the Swiss History of Arts Society, but they do not publish on the Web), and I only found a picture by VT-er German Eagle who managed to take a picture for his St Moritz page, another from Panoramio, and a few on this web page.
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Take a horse drawn carriage ride
In summer, there the ski resort of Pontresina is an excellent place for mountain hiking, picnicking and outdoor activities. I went on a horse drawn carriage ride with my fellow travelling companions through the lovely Engadin valley.
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Take a ride
In winter you can take a ride in the horse drawn sledge to Rosegg valley. You will be warmly wrapped up. Starting point is very close to the railway station.
Take a walk
You can easily explore Pontresina on foot but you sometimes have to walk uphill. One of the very old buildings left from the 12th century is the castle tower.
it's a small town surrounded by mountains and lakes . jsut take a walk around and ur gonna luv it..............
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