Gressoney-Saint-Jean

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Gressoney-Saint-Jean
Comune
Comune di Gressoney-Saint-Jean
Commune de Gressoney-Saint-Jean
Gemeinde Gressoney-Saint-Jean
The Savoy castle in Gressoney-St. Jean
The Savoy castle in Gressoney-St. Jean
Coat of arms of Gressoney-Saint-Jean
Coat of arms
Gressoney-Saint-Jean is located in Italy
Gressoney-Saint-Jean
Gressoney-Saint-Jean
Location of Gressoney-Saint-Jean in Italy
Coordinates: 45°47′N 07°49′E / 45.783°N 7.817°E / 45.783; 7.817Coordinates: 45°47′N 07°49′E / 45.783°N 7.817°E / 45.783; 7.817
Country Italy
Region Aosta Valley
Province / Metropolitan city none
Frazioni Bieltschòcke (Bieltschucken), Bode, Chaschtal, Dresal, Loomatto (Loomatten), Méttelteil (Mittelteil), Mettie (Mettien), Noversch, Òbre Biel (Ober Biel), Òbre Champsil (Ober Champsil), Òbro Verdebio (Ober Verdebien), Ònderteil (Unterteil), Òndre Biel (Unter Biel), Òndre Champsil (Unter Champsil), Òndro Verdebio (Unter Verdebien), Perletoa, Predeloasch, Stobene, Trentostäg (Trentosbrück), Tschemenoal (Chemonal), Tschoarde, Tschossil, Woald (Wald)
Area
 • Total 69 km2 (27 sq mi)
Population (December 31, 2004)
 • Total 790
 • Density 11/km2 (30/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 11025
Dialing code 0125
Website Official website

Gressoney-Saint-Jean (Walser German: Greschòney Zer Chilchu; Arpitan: Gressonèy-Sèn-Dzan) is a town and comune in the Aosta Valley region of north-western Italy.

Geography[edit]

Gressoney-Saint-Jean (Walser German: Greschòney Zer Chilchu; Arpitan: Gressonèy-Sèn-Dzan) is a town and comune in the Aosta Valley region of north-western Italy It is situated in a valley formed by the small river Lys (Dora Baltea) which is fed by the Lys glacier.

History, Walser culture and language[edit]

Kindergarten and elementary school in Gressoney.
Memorial plaque of the 1868 flood written in German and Italian. The plaque shows the high water mark which the river Lys reached on August 17.

Historically Gressoney-Saint-Jean and Gressoney-La-Trinité have been two separate comunes.[citation needed] They form a Walser German cultural unity known as Greschòney or Creschnau in Greschoneytitsch (or simply Titsch), the local Walser German dialect, or Kressenau in German.

In 1868, the Lys flooded the village.(see image of plaque)

From 1928 until 1946 the two were united into one commune, officially named Gressoney, which from 1939 onward was Italianized as Gressonei. After WWII, the two former communes were reconstituted.[citation needed]

An example of Greschòneytitsch:

Walser German German English

Endsche Attò
das béscht em Hémmel,
dass héilege sígge Dín Noame.
Chéeme Dín Herrschaft.[1]

Vater unser
der Du bist im Himmel,
geheiligt werde Dein Name.
Dein Reich komme.

Our Father
in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,

Notable people[edit]

  • The Squinobal brothers Oreste, Arturo and Lorenzo, all of them mountain climbers, mountain guides and ski mountaineers, were born in Gressoney-Saint-Jean.[citation needed]

Points of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Das Vaterunser auf Walserisch (Greschòney)" (in Walser). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 2006. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 

External links[edit]

  • Gressoney-Saint-Jean Tourist information www.gressoneyonline.it (Italian), retrieved 9 August 2017