The Castle of Tures, one of the largest and most beautiful castles in the Tyrolean area, stands on a natural promontory above Campo Tures in the Val di Tures and Aurina.
Castello di Tures History
The Castle of Tures is built by the dominant family of the valley, the Barons of Taufers, in the early twelfth century in a dominant position, flanked by the imposing panorama of the Dolomite peaks.
However, when in 1340 the branch of the Tures family became extinct, the castle passed into the ownership of several families, but fell in the course of the years in ruins. At that time the castle consisted only of a keep, the palace, a tower and a further building.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Ludwig Lobmayr reestablished the structure for the first time and in the second post-war period the Benedictine abbot Hieronymus Gassner completely restored the walls and rebuilt the tower.
The complex then presents itself today in different architectural elements: a Romanesque part, originally from the period of the Lords of Taufers and a Gothic section dating back to the time of the Bishops of Bressanone. The habitable tower with double arched windows, the keep and the chapel of the castle in Romanesque style date back to the first period of construction of the thirteenth century while doors and drawbridges added are dated to 1500.
Since 1977 the castle has been owned by the Castelli dell'Alto Adige Association and a large part of the entire structure is now accessible to the public, attracting over 70,000 visitors each year.
There are over 64 well-appointed rooms, of which about two-thirds are clad in pine, including a chapel with frescoes by Friedrich Pacher, the armory, the library, the audience hall, the prince's room and also an inn , ideal for offering visitors a break after a visit.
All the castle is unmissable, but in addition to the size and richness of the furnishings, what makes it unique is the landscape in which it is immersed, as well as the feeling of being able to perceive the atmosphere of the past events in the rooms of the manor.