Laas, South Tyrol
Comune di Lasa
|Province||South Tyrol (BZ)|
|Frazioni||Allitz (Alliz), Eyrs (Oris), Tanas, Tschengls (Cengles)|
|• Mayor||Andreas Tappeiner|
|• Total||110.1 km2 (42.5 sq mi)|
|• Density||36/km2 (93/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Laas (German pronunciation: [laːs]; Italian: Lasa [ˈlaːza]) is a comune (municipality) in the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of the city of Bolzano.
As of 30 November 2010, it had a population of 3,983 and an area of 110.1 square kilometres (42.5 sq mi).
The municipality of Laas contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Allitz (Alliz), Eyrs (Oris), Tanas, and Tschengls (Cengles).
Laas stands on one of the largest conical debris fans in the Alps, known as Gadriamure, which emerges from the narrow valley above the village of Allitz. This fan may be of catastrophic origin, with the collapse of a mountain above the present Gadriatal. The fan blocks the main valley Vinschgau and displaces the River Etsch to its south edge, where it is cut by a gorge which revealed buried logs 7300 years old. The fan now supports irrigated fruit orchards.
Laas is known for the pure white marble (known in German, Italian and English as "Laaser Marmor", "Lasa marmo" and "Lasa marble", respectively) quarried in the mountains south of the village which has been used in buildings worldwide, including the Victoria Memorial, London. The grave markers in many US military cemeteries in Europe, like the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, are also made of Lasa marble.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- (in Italian)Tirol Atlas: Laas
- "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.
- (in German) (in Italian) Homepage of the municipality
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