Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti, history and legend at high altitude
History and legend meet on the Lagazuoi, in the Dolomites, where a new and original exhibition space was recently inaugurated – at no less than 2,778 meters of altitude. Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti incarnates an innovative concept on the top of one of the two mountains that make up the Fanes Group, a massif west of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The structure is 264 square meters, divided into three floors, with four exhibition rooms. On April 2nd 2017, it opened with “Ötzi and Valmo: when prehistoric man walked the Alps”, focusing on the human colonization of mountain landscapes.
The history of the Lagazuoi – most recently known, unfortunately, for the battles between Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies during the First World War – is also tied to many myths and legends. The most famous one was romanticized by Austrian author Karl Felix Wolff in the saga of the “Kingdom of Fanes”, and revolves around an ancient people whose king – a “false king” whom the Falzarego Pass is named after – abandoned his subjects and was punished by turning into stone.
That stone became, according to legend, the very mountain where Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti is now.