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Plaus – from the Latin “palus” or swamp Plaus, the next little hamlet to Naturno, was originally built on swamp or moorland. First mentioned in 1270, the settlement counts some 680 inhabitants and covers a mere 5 sq. km. in area. It stands just 4 km. east of Naturno and has often been subject to severe flooding by the nearby Adige river throughout its long history. This explains why the village was traditionally referred to as the “city of seven houses” or “little Venice”. The cemetery walls are decorated by eighteen famous Dance of Death frescos painted by local Venosta artist Luis Stefan Stecher. Dornsberg Castle , an imposing fortress, stands a little way outside the village which is also the ideal starting point for the “Rittersteig”; the Knights’ Path, a walk which takes you to Naturno.

Totentanzfresko an der Friedhofsmauer Eindrucksvoll, schonungslos und nachdenklich stimmend: Der Totentanz-Zyklus von Künstler Luis Stecher an der äußeren Friedhofsmauer in Plaus. Dieser moderne Totentanz besteht aus 18 Abbildungen und Versen im Vinschger Dialekt.

Affreschi e danze macabre lungo le mura del cimitero Imponente e spietato, il ciclo di affreschi raffiguranti una danza macabra che decora le mura del cimitero di Plaus dell’artista Luis Stecher, induce a riflessione. Questa moderna danza macabra è composta da 18 scene. Le pitture si completano con versi in dialetto della Val Venosta.

Dance of Death fresco on the cemetery wall It is impressive, remorseless, and disquieting: the Dance of Death cycle by artist Luis Stecher along the outer wall of the cemetery in Plaus. This modern Dance of Death is made up of 18 illustrations with verses in the Venosta valley dialect.

Magazin 2017 Naturns bei Meran Südtirol  

Magazin 2017 Naturns bei Meran Südtirol