Church of S. Vigilio

Piazza O.v.Wolkenstein/O.v.Wolkenstein Platz 8 39040 Siusi allo Sciliar/Seis am Schlern
General description

As you walk through the woody valley between Siusi and S. Constantino, all of a sudden the church tower of the S. Vigilio chapel towers up before you, out of the blue. This unusual location for a House of God, first documented in the year 1260, is not only a matter of intrigue, but also the origin of countless myths and legends. The chapel was built on an old pagan cult site, during the course of Christianisation. One particular curiosity: At the beginning of spring, on the 21st of March, the shadow of the Sciliar falls directly on the chapel for the last time until the 23rd of September, when it heralds the return of autumn.

The small church is dedicated to the holy Vigilius. Worth seeing are the altar from the early 16th century, as well as the figures and grotesque masks decorating the modillions.

description to arrive at destination

The church of San Vigilio/St.Vigil is situated in the fraction of San Vigilio/St.Vigil. Coming out of Siusi (in direction of Fiè) we take the road on the right side to the golf course and in direction San Vigilio/San Oswaldo). After 1 km the church is on the left side of the road.

By foot - From Siusi village centre, take the Via Burgfrieden and follow the signposts to S. Vigilio (trail no. 7A), passing by the idyllic Malenger mill, until you come to the Simmele Müller farm. Take a left at the crossroads and, after a few steps, cross the bridge to the S. Vigilio chapel. Take the same route for your return.

On two important days of the year - the equinoxes - the shadow of the Sciliar falls upon the church on the astronomically - defined date that marks the change of seasons.
Author's tip
Curiosity - At the S. Vigilio Chapel there is a spring from which only runs water for a short period of the year - from May until the end of June. One can only take a guess at where this water comes from; one possible source could be the mysterious ponds at the Rungger Egg, a pagan cult site of great significance.
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