Tschlin, San Plasch. Photo/Foto: TES.

San Plasch und Donna Lupa

Donna Lupa and St. Blasius Whoever hears the bell ringing in Tschlin (Lower Engadin (Unterengadin), canton of Graubünden) immediately thinks of the only church in the village, the San Plasch (St. Blasius). The church from 1515 stands on the site of a medieval Romanesque church, of which only the Romanesque tower remains.

However, this tower has no bell. The interior and the well-preserved frescoes in the church have the characteristics of late Gothic. Tschlin, like all the other villages in Lower Engadin (except for Saumnaun and Tarasp), adopted the Protestant faith in the Reformation. The memorial to the reformer Duri Champell (1510-1582) is a reminder of this period.

The wooden statue of Dona Lupa in front of the church pays homage to the woman, who drove out the Austrian attackers of the village with a ruse in 1499. The village was less fortunate on other occasions, and looting soldiers and fire destroyed most of it.

The St. John’s Church burned down in 1761. Only the church tower remained intact. This tower without church has been ringing for more than two hundred and fifty years.