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Urtijëi (Ladin: [uʀtiˈʒɜi̯] (About this soundlisten); German: St. Ulrich in Gröden [saŋkt ˈulrɪç in ˈɡrøːdn̩]; Italian: Ortisei [ortiˈzɛi]) is a town of 4,637 inhabitants in South Tyrol in northern Italy. It occupies the Val Gardena within the Dolomites, a mountain chain that is part of the Alps.

Urtijëi
Comune di Ortisei
Gemeinde St. Ulrich
Chemun de Urtijëi
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Location of Urtijëi
Urtijëi is located in Italy
Urtijëi
Urtijëi
Location of Urtijëi in Italy
Urtijëi is located in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Urtijëi
Urtijëi
Urtijëi (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Coordinates: 46°34′N 11°40′E / 46.567°N 11.667°E / 46.567; 11.667Coordinates: 46°34′N 11°40′E / 46.567°N 11.667°E / 46.567; 11.667
CountryItaly
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
Government
 • MayorTobia Moroder
Area
 • Total24.16 km2 (9.33 sq mi)
Elevation
1,230 m (4,040 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total4,883
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Italian: gardenesi
German: Sankt Ulricher
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
39046
Dialing code0471
Patron saintSan Udalricus
Saint dayJuly 4
WebsiteOfficial website

GeographyEdit

Urtijëi borders the following municipalities: Kastelruth, Villnöß, Lajen and Santa Cristina Gherdëina.

HistoryEdit

The Ladin-language name Urtijëi derives from the Latin word urtica and the suffix -etum with the meaning "place of nettles".[4]

From 1860 to 1914 Urtijëi experienced a relevant economical growth due to the opening of a major road connecting Val Gardena to the main railroad; as a result the local woodcarving industry flourished. International tourism developed through the discovery of the Dolomites first by English tourists, and subsequently visitors from other parts of Austria-Hungary as well as the German Empire. Currently, the town's economy is mostly based on winter skiing tourism, summer hiking tourism, and woodcarving.

Coat of armsEdit

The emblem shows Saint Ulrich, with the bishop's vestments and a gold cross in his right hand, mounted on a horse, with gold harness and a blue saddle pad, on three green mountains on a gold field. The emblem is decorated with a blue chief, with three small silver shields alternating with two golden bees; the bees symbolize the laboriousness of the inhabitants. The coat of arms was granted in 1907 and reappointed in 1970.

Blazon:
Or, St Ulrich in bishops vestments with a cross Or in right hand, mounted on a white horse Proper with harness of the field and a saddle blanket Azure on a trimount Vert; On a chief Azure, two bees Or between three escutcheons Argent.

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Main sightsEdit

SocietyEdit

According to the 2011 census, 84.19% of the population speaks Ladin, 9.30% German, and 6.51% Italian as first language.[6]

Notable PeopleEdit

 
Franz Moroder by J Moroder-Lusenberg
Moroder family

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  4. ^ Kühebacher, Egon (1991), Die Ortsnamen Südtirols und ihre Geschichte. Die geschichtlich gewachsenen Namen der Gemeinden, Fraktionen und Weiler, 1, Bolzano: Athesia, p. 502
  5. ^ Heraldry of the World: Urtijëi
  6. ^ "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  7. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 14 June 2019
  8. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 14 June 2019

External linksEdit

  Media related to Urtijëi at Wikimedia Commons