|Chemun de Urtijëi
Gemeinde St. Ulrich
Comune di Ortisei
|Province||South Tyrol (BZ)|
|• Mayor||Ewald Moroder|
|• Total||24.3 km2 (9.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,230 m (4,040 ft)|
|Population (Nov. 2010)|
|• Density||190/km2 (490/sq mi)|
German: Sankt Ulricher
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Udalricus|
|Saint day||July 4|
Urtijëi (Ladin, pronounced [ˈuʁtiʒɜi̯] (help·info); German: St. Ulrich in Gröden; Italian: Ortisei) 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.
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 arms
The emblem shows Saint Ulrich, with the bishop's vestments and an or cross in his right hand, mounted on a horse, with or harness, on three vert mountains on or. The emblem is decorated with an azure chief, with three small shields alternating with two or bees; the bees symbolize the laboriousness of the inhabitants. The coat of arms was granted in 1907 and reappointed in 1970.
Notable people associated with Urtijëi
- Carolina Kostner
- Giorgio Moroder
- Isolde Kostner
- Josef Moroder-Lusenberg
- Ernesto Prinoth
- Luis Trenker
The most frequent family names in Urtijëi are:
- Moroder 279
- Demetz 217
- Kostner 174 
- All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
- Kühebacher, Egon (1991), Die Ortsnamen Südtirols und ihre Geschichte. Die geschichtlich gewachsenen Namen der Gemeinden, Fraktionen und Weiler 1, Bolzano: Athesia, p. 502
- Heraldry of the World: Urtijëi
- "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.
- Chemun de Urtijëi, Nffurmazions. Mitteilungsblattt der Gemeinde St. Ulrich/Nr. 74 Jené 2013.
Media related to Urtijëi at Wikimedia Commons