St. Moritz is a resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland. It is a municipality in the district of Maloja in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The town has a population of 5,233 (in 2014). The highest summit in the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina, lies a few kilometres north of the town.
I had lunch in the hotel “Waldhaus am See” and strolled around the outskirts of the Lake Saint Moritz afterwards. After that I went to the booked hotel “Laudinella.”
I left my luggage in the hotel room and walked up to the Segantini Museum.
The Church of St. Charles was built between 1886 and 1889 by Nikolaus Hartmann, and features stained-glass windows by Enrico Leone Donati, an artist from Zurich.
Between 1860 and 1900 the English parish priest A.B. Strettell would travel to St. Moritz to spend the summer and in 1864 the plan to build an Anglican church was supported by Johannes Badrutt. The neo-Romanesque church was officially consecrated in 1871 and named St. John’s.
The town of St. Moritz was named after Saint Maurice, an early Christian saint from southern Egypt said to have been martyred in 3rd century Roman Switzerland while serving as leader of the Theban Legion.
The Black Saint Maurice (Knight of the Holy Lance)
The name Maurice is derived from Latin, means “like a Moor.” The Black St. Maurice is regarded as the greatest patron saint of the Holy Roman Empire. Maurice was a high official in the Thebaid region of Egypt – early center of Christianity. Maurice was a commander of a Roman legion of Christian soldiers in Africa. By the decree of Roman emperor Maximian, his contingent of 6,600 men was dispatched to Gaul and ordered to suppress a Christian uprising there. Maurice disobeyed the order. Subsequently he and almost troops were martyred when they chose to die rather than persecute Christians, renounce their faith, and sacrifice to the gods of Romans. The execution of the Theban Legion occurred in Switzerland near Aganaum (which later became Saint Maurice-en-Valais) on September 22, either in the year 208 or 300.
Today, St. Moritz is a popular destination of the upper class and international jet set, as well as one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world.