On Paul Troger's Traces

Val Casies Valley - Monguelfo - Tesido
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On Paul Troger's Traces
Paul Troger, Baroque painter, was born on 30th October 1698 the son of a sexton and dressmaker in Monguelfo. His “Troger-blue” is still mesmerizing.
The tour starts at his birthplace and goes on to the parish church where three of his masterpieces adorn the altar. You then stop at some other beautiful places and lanes of Monguelfo.
Route data
5,4 km
1 h 41 min
268 m
268 m
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Highest point
1.178 m
Lowest point
1.083 m
A carefully renovated Patrician villa with original Gothic vaults – the birthplace of the Baroque painter Paul Troger – is the starting point of the round tour. Troger has become known throughout Europe with his frescos in the Lower Austrian monasteries like Melk, Altenburg, Zwettl and Geras. In the cathedral of Brixen he created a unique episode of frescos. The second stop of the cultural path in Welsberg is the small S. Margereth Parish Church with the three altar pictures by Paul Troger. The Gothic waysideshrine from 1460 is our next stop. The Gothic frescos by Michael Pacher can be admired in the four spacious niches. The next highlight of the round tour is the Zellheim Mansion (built in 1350 by the Lords of Welsberg) and the Troger Monument. Before reaching the Rain Church “Our Lady on the Rain” (with the decorated wooden door, old church benches, special panels and frescos) you will visit the Lord’s House. When this building was excavated in 1905 urns, jewellery and tools from the Late Bronze Age were found. The visit of the Castle Welsperg is a must (the ruins of Castle Thurn are close by) – especially because it has played a decisive role in Paul Troger’s life. About 180 steps beneath the castle there was the painters’ studio where the Lords Firmian saw the young Troger painting and discovered his talent. The tour ends with a piece of art by Troger, namely with Saint Apostle Jude Thaddaeus, at the entrance hall of the local Raiffeisen bank.
How to get there
Coming from Innsbruck/Brennero (A): Drive on the Highway of Brennero (A22) until the exit Bressanone/Val Pusteria, then go on along the SS49-E66 for about 58kms until you arrive in Monguelfo. Coming from Lienz (A): You can reach us also padding by Lienz in Westtyrol (A). You have to cross the Austrian-Italian border between Ahrnbach and Winnebach (B100-E66) and drive on the SS46-E66 until Monguelfo.  
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