Lost village comes from the Italian lake 71 years after it was submerged

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The lost village comes 71 years after it was submerged from the Italian lake to create a hydroelectric power station

  • A former village in Northern Italy, Curon was flooded in 1950 to become a reservoir
  • About 163 houses were lost and only the 14th-century church tower is still visible
  • However, a temporary reclamation of Lake Resia has revealed Curon’s remains

The remains of a lost Italian village have resurfaced for the first time in 71 years after being submerged to create a hydroelectric power station.

A former mountain village in the north-east of South Tyrol in Italy, Curon was flooded by authorities in 1950 to become a reservoir – despite objections from its hundreds of residents.

One damn was built to merge two natural lakes and create the electricity production site, bringing the village under the Resia Lake in the process.

About 163 houses were lost to the bottom of the lake, and only the 14th-century church tower remained visible on the surface of the water – creating a striking monument that has become a tourist attraction.

A former village in the north-east of South Tyrol in Italy, Curon was flooded by authorities in 1950 to become a reservoir - only the 14th-century church tower remained visible (photo)

A former village in the north-east of South Tyrol in Italy, Curon was flooded by authorities in 1950 to become a reservoir – only the 14th-century church tower remained visible (photo)

Now decades later with repairs at the site, the past has been dredged up as the reservoir has been temporarily emptied, revealing the eerie remains of Curon, which borders Austria and Switzerland.

Photos show tourists and locals walking again on the remains of stairs, walls and cellars at the former settlement.

About 400 people who had been expelled from the village in 1950 settled in the area and formed a new village. The other 600 would have moved.

Maintenance works on the lake in Resia, Italy, are underway on May 14.  In 1950 about 1000 people were expelled from the village

Maintenance works on the lake in Resia, Italy, are underway on May 14. In 1950 about 1000 people were expelled from the village

Curon (pictured before the flood), a village in the northeast of South Tyrol in Italy, became a reservoir in 1950

Curon (pictured before the flood), a village in the northeast of South Tyrol in Italy, became a reservoir in 1950

Lake Resia, called Reschensee in German, borders Austria and Switzerland.  The country was annexed to the Italians after the First World War.  German remains the first language for many in the region

Lake Resia, called Reschensee in German, borders Austria and Switzerland. The country was annexed to the Italians after the First World War. German remains the first language for many in the region

Local people were reportedly told at first that the lake would be only five meters deep, which would keep some houses above the water.

But a sign posted in the village in 1940 – which was written in Italian and not spoken by the locals – would then have fulfilled that promise, informing residents that it would be 22 meters deep instead, The times reports.

Once part of Austria, South Tyrol was annexed to Italy after World War I, and German remains the first language of many people in the region.

The water level has been lowered and the remains of the sunken village have resurfaced

The water level has been lowered and the remains of the sunken village have resurfaced

The lake has been a popular tourist attraction with hundreds of trips to see the tower protruding from the frozen lake in winter.  Pictured: the drained lake

The lake has been a popular tourist attraction with hundreds of trips to see the tower protruding from the frozen lake in winter. Pictured: the drained lake

Author Marco Balzano, who wrote the novel I’m Staying Here in 2018, which is set in Curon, said The times that the sight “brought back a troubled memory that spreads from that small village to the rest of Italy and takes us back to troubled times.”

The history of the village also inspired a 2020 Netflix drama called Curon.

Luisa Azzolini, a resident of the region, tweeted photos of the village’s newly exposed remains with the caption, ‘Curon as it had never been seen before!

The partially drained Lake Reschen in April 2021, during the Tour of the Alps UCI Cycling Race

The partially drained Lake Reschen in April 2021, during the Tour of the Alps UCI Cycling Race

St. Anne's chapel and the sunken clock tower of Curon in Graun im Vinschgau on Lake Resia in South Tyrol, in its usual state

St. Anne’s chapel and the sunken clock tower of Curon in Graun im Vinschgau on Lake Resia in South Tyrol, in its usual state

‘For maintenance reasons, Lake Resia is semi-dried and the remains of the old village of Curon have resurfaced!

‘A strange feeling walking over the rubble of the houses …’

The lake has been a popular tourist attraction with hundreds of trips to see the tower protruding from the frozen lake in winter.

The history of the village also inspired a 2020 Netflix drama called Curon

The history of the village also inspired a 2020 Netflix drama called Curon

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