10 years Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage
Alta Badia in South Tyrol is the ideal place to experience precious moments of pleasure in the mountains
In Summer 2019 Alta Badia, in the heart of the Dolomites - the famous architect Le Corbusier declared them to be “the world's most beautiful work of architecture”, celebrates 10 years from the declaration as UNESCO World Heritage site. In Alta Badia there are two sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: the Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park and the Puez-Odle Natural Park.
Roughly 300 to 150 million years ago, all continents formed one super-continent called Pangea.
250 million years ago, the region known today as the Alps was a part of Pangea and located further south, in the earth's tropical zone.
Until the ice age, the mountain range we call the Dolomites today, was born as a giant coral reef in the prehistoric Tethys ocean. As this primordial sea subsided, majestic, bizarre, light rocks which were different than the mountains around them, were released.
Scientists found out at the end of the 18th century, the Dolomites, sometimes referred to as the "pale mountains", consist of magnesium-rich limestone. The Dolomites owe their present name to the geologist Déodat de Dolomieu, who performed the first mineralogical-chemical analysis of the rocks.
The magic of "Enrosadira"
A particularly spectacular phenomenon which can be experienced very well in the Dolomites is the alpenglow or "Enrosadira" in Ladin language. Upon sundown, the Dolomite mountains around Alta Badia are being illuminated in magnificent shades of red, from pink to orange and carmine - the Santa Croce is a peak especially renowned for its blaze of colour.
New Summer 2019
The natural parks UNESCO World Heritage sites
The nine mountain ranges of the Dolomites which belong to the UNESCO's World Heritage include the natural parks Puez-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies which extend into Alta Badia.