Parish church of Urtijëi

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Parish church of Urtijëi
Parish church Urtijei internal view.jpg
The nave of the church
Basic information
Location South Tyrol, Italy
Affiliation Christian
Completed 1792-1796

The Parish Church of Urtijëi located in the town of Urtijëi in Val Gardena in South Tyrol, Italy is dedicated to the Epiphany and to Saint Ulrich.

It was built in the years 1792–1796 in the Neoclassical style with some Baroque elements by the tyrolean master Joseph Abenthung and the interior domes painted by the Tyrolean brothers Franz Xaver and Josef Kirchebner. The structure of the church has the form of Latin cross with a central nave and two lateral chapels dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to Our Lady of the Rosary.


The church contains a great number of sculptures, mostly in wood, carved by artists from Val Gardena, including Vigil Dorigo, Luis Kostner, Josef Moroder-Lusenberg, Anton Pitscheider and Franz Ruggaldier. In the corners of the presbytery there are four plaster statues, created by Johann Dominik Mahlknecht (German Wikipedia) for this church but never cast in bronze, representing the four Evangelists.

The stained glass windows are a matching set, each one containing a roundel with the head of one of the Twelve Apostles.

Artists represented in the church include (all links leading to German Wikipedia):


Facade of the church
The chapel dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Fresco by Franz Xaver Kirchebner
Our Lady of the Rosary, altarpiece by Josef Mersa (1905)
St Elizabeth of Hungary by Jakob Crepaz (late 19th or early 20th-century)
St Ulrich by Ludwig Moroder (20th-century)
The Madonna and Christ Child, Johann Dominik Mahlknecht (early 19th-century)
Saint Agnes by Luis Kostner
Guardian angel by Vigil Dorigo


  • Margareth Runggaldier Mahlknecht, Karl Mahlknecht. St. Ulrich in Gröden – Kirchen und Kirchengeschichte. Eine Text- und Bilddokumentation. Athesia Verlag Brixen 1992 (German)

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Coordinates: 46°34′31″N 11°40′18″E / 46.5752°N 11.6716°E / 46.5752; 11.6716