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An Italian Alpine village emerges around its underwater church


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V. M. Traverso - published on 05/24/21

Each of the 160 homes that once made up the town of Curon had been submerged since the 1950s. Only the bell tower of its 14th-century church has been visible -- until now.

Nobody has seen the small mountain town of Curon, in Italy’s Trentino Alto Adige region since the 1950s.  

The entire town has been submerged since 1950, as a result of a controversial dam project that ended up flooding the town’s 160 homes and its 14th-century church. Back then, locals had even asked an intervention from Pope Pius XIII but authorities went ahead with the dam anyway. 

The only thing left to remind visitors about Curon’s existence was the cream-colored bell tower emerging eerily from the dark green waters of lake Resia. The image was dream-like, inspiring writers across the world and even a Netflix show appropriately named “Curon.” During winter, some visitors even used to walk on ice to reach the bell tower for a risky selfie. 

This week, repair works on the dam have revealed the remains of the long-lost Alpine village. Traces of former homes, with steps, walls and broken roofs, could be spotted close to the remains of the 14th century church. Construction work on the lake had started months ago and once spring came, the last layer of ice melted, revealing the ghost town under the lake. 

Take a look at the underwater town of Curon as captured on Twitter:

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