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Route Description

The Bartholomaeberg Geology Trail is a circular route which can be done in both directions. It is possible to only do part of the route or take short cuts on marked paths. The start and end point is the parking lot at the church in Bartholomaeberg at an altitude of 1,087 meters above sea level.

Introduction to Geology

The earth is affected by the continual changes of time and the law of cause and effect. The changes are the result of continuously reacting forces from the core of the Earth, gravity, the impact of weather and water, and all living creatures. During the last 4.5 billion years more than a dozen mountain chains the size of the Himalayas have existed on earth!

Bartholomaeberg - A Portrait of the Village

The name Montafon was originally only meant for the area surrounding the Bartholomaeberg but later it referred to the whole valley. The ore deposits played an important role in the importance of this place. Ore was probably mined here in pre-historic times, but certainly during the Middle Ages. The result was prosperity that manifested itself in the magnificent baroque church.

Pre-historic Settlement on the Bartholomaeberg

The 3,500 year old castle settlement in Bartholomaeberg is located 250 meters above the Schruns basin at 940 meters above sea level in the Friaga Forest and is thought to be connected to the rich copper ore repositories on the Bartholomaeberg and in the Silbertal. An 80 meter long and almost 3 meter wide wall protected the small castle complex from the cliffs and the Platta meadow.

Silvretta Crystalline

Some of these rocks are more than 1.5 billion years old. They were metamorphosed during three mountain building phases which are called orogenies.The last decisive metamorphic overprint took place about 325 million years ago. Over the next 200 million years the sedimentary rocks were sedimented on the basement of the Silvretta Crystalline.

Parish Church Bartholomaeberg

The church in Barholomaeberg shines a light on the state of art in the 17th and 18th centuries. Andreas Kölle belongs to the excellent representatives of his time. The high altar, both side altars and the pulpit in the church in Bartholomaeberg are Kölle’s most well known works. He worked on them from 1736 to1746 when the late gothic church was turned to baroque.


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