Mountain Passes #3

The third part of Stephan Zirwes’ filmic series on mountain passes in the Italian and Swiss alpes portrays the Spl├╝gen Pass. The section on the italian side is nearly 200 years old and was built in the 1820ies by Carlo Donegani for the Habsburg monarchy. Shot with a drone and carefully framed, the photographic images meditate on these ancient imposing monuments:

More than a hundred years old – often the only connection between valleys and also cultures – open six months of a year and closed for six months in winter: mountain passes. In earlier times vitally important for commerce and strategic purposes, they become more and more important as tourist attractions today. Built with great human effort under hard conditions – constructions which hardly find attention although they are national monuments.

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