Lake Reschensee - An Artificial Lake in Italy

Lake Reschensee is an artificial lake located in the western portion of South Tyrol, in Italy. It is only a few miles from the Swiss and Austrian borders and covers an area of 6.6 square kilometers. Lake Reschensee is the largest lake in the province with a capacity of 120 million cubic meters. It is one of the most famous lakes in Italy.

Lake Reschensee is famous for the steeple of a submerged 14th-century church in the middle of the lake. The beautiful bell tower peeking up from the Lake Reschensee's water is considered one of the most loved places to take pictures in Vischgau. The bell tower can be reached on foot once the water freezes in winter.

Once, there was the thriving village of Graun. But, the entire village along with 163 homes and the 14th century church had to be sacrificed to make way for a new dam for electricity production in the middle of the last century. The steeple of the submerged bell tower is the only visible building of the village that went underwater.

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