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#mynovgetaway LimTheHustla The church of San Giacomo is a Catholic church of Ortisei, located in the woods above the hamlet that bears its name.
Dedicated to the apostle James the Elder, protector of travelers, it is the oldest cult building in Val Gardena. It rises at high altitude along the Troi Paian path, an ancient communication route between the Isarco valley and the Venetian plain. The dating is uncertain, although some historians place it in 1181 and attribute the initiative to the counts of Stetteneck. Surely it had already been erected in 1283, when it was mentioned in a bull of indulgence.
Surrounded by a wall, which also encloses a small cemetery, and characterized by a slender cuspidated bell tower, the church has a Romanesque core that was extensively remodeled in late Gothic style during the seventeenth century.
The single nave has a barrel vault and closes in a rectangular apse with a cross vault. The precious frescoes in the apse, attributed to a pupil of Master Leonhard, date back to 1470. The paintings on the walls near the pulpit are from the late eighteenth century. The main altar, built by local workers, takes up the stylistic features of the Baroque, including arched columns and depictions of angels, apostles and princes of the Church, covered with gilding.
Also valuable are the baroque furnishings, recent copies of the originals preserved in the Val Gardena museum in Ortisei together with the original altarpiece from 1751 and a nativity scene.