Vicosoprano village in the Vally Bregaglia

Vicosoprano was a former municipality in the district of Maloja in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, and was the largest village in the Val Bregaglia. It’s now part of the municipality of Bregaglia.

Map of Bregaglia Valley

Map of Bregaglia Valley

Vicosoprano has a population of 445 (in 2008), of which 9.7% are foreign nationals.

Arriving at Vicosoprano, and walked into the village.

Arriving at Vicosoprano, and walked into the village.

Map of Vicosoprano village

Map of Vicosoprano village

It was cloudy when I visited the village. Vicosoprano has an average of 111days of rain per year and on average receives 1,492 mm of precipitation.

Traditional houses on the Principale Street, under floor is warehouse, upstairs is residence.

Traditional houses on the Principale Street, under floor is warehouse, upstairs is residence.

A church came into view.

A church came into view.

The San Cassiano church was built in the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The church of San Cassiano, Vicosoprano

The church of San Cassiano, Vicosoprano

Saint Cassiano of Novellara; Bishop, martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian (Emperor of Rome) with several of his flock, died on 26 March AD 303. The relics were enshrined in the parish of Saint Stephen in Novellara, Italy in 1603.

The sixteenth-century bridge over the Maira River.

The sixteenth-century bridge over the Maira River.

Crossed the stone bridge.

Crossed the stone bridge.

The round tower Senwelen

The round tower Senwelen

The prisons where placed in the Tower and it’s possible to see torture instruments that were used.

Walking around the village of Vicosoprano

Walking around the village of Vicosoprano

The Praetorian (old Justice) House.

The Praetorian (old Justice) House.

The Praetorian was the seat of the municipal offices as well as the valley law court, united by a single jurisdiction. It was also the place in which toll fees were collected.

The facade of the Praetorian House.

The facade of the Praetorian House. Inquisition was held here.

Vicosoprano Plaza

Vicosoprano Plaza

In the nearby glade, the macabre scaffolding pillars arise where those accused of witchcraft were hung.

After the Praetorian House I was walking around the village.

After the Praetorian House I was walking around the village.

Scenery of the village of Vicosoprano

Scenery of the village of Vicosoprano

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