Probably the most famous subject in Val di Funes/Villnöss Valley: the Church of St. Magdalena and the Odle peaks
Church of St. Magdalena
The church dedicated to St. Magdalene is a very old church that is located in a place where sacrifices to the pagan gods took place, probably since prehistoric times. The first building is mentioned in the chronicles of the year 1394, of which only the church tower remains.
The interior of the church is characterized by Baroque elements. The altar shows St. Magdalene, the patron saint of the church in an attitude of contrition, to her sides the sculptures of Saint Peter, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist and Jerome. Remarkable are the paintings on the choir vaults by the Ladin artist Johann M. Peskoller, made in 1928.
The chapel in the cemetery, with the tiny altar of the 17th century, gives a very ancient impression.
Every three years, the male pilgrims of the Val Badia gather in St. Magdalena during their pilgrimage to the former episcopal see Sabiona/Säben.
The interior of the St. Magdalena church is decorated with baroque elements and paintings.
The access road to the church is closed and only accessible to residents. It is advisable to park in the centre of St. Magdalena and walk to the church (about 30 min.).
The church and the farmhouse next door form together a unique scenery.