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Castel Botestagno

Bypassing the Falzarego Pass and reaching Cortina d'Ampezzo, you have evidence of a castle existing here until the second half of the nineteenth century. This is the Botestagno Castle, which was located in the locality a few kilometres north of Cortina.

It is assumed that the origins of this fortification are even from the Lombard period (VII or VIII century), although the first stone nucleus dates back probably between the late eleventh and early twelfth century, when the Emperor Henry IV donated these lands to the Patriarchate of Aquileia. It passed then under the dominion of the da Camino, who made it a centre of trade and duty collection, then the Republic of Venice and finally the Tyrol under Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg (XVI century), when it reached its importance and splendour peak.

In the eighteenth century its fame began to wane, and the costs for its maintenance became too high for an almost empty coffers empire. The fortress was then put up for auction and bought by the Magnificent Community d'Ampezzo, which nevertheless left it in a state of neglect. Mostly used in the first half of the nineteenth century for military purposes, Botestagno was definitely abandoned and then demolished in the second half of the nineteenth century. Today you can see only a few ruins, almost completely swallowed up by vegetation, in a beautiful panoramic location in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites.

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Castel Botestagno

Bypassing the Falzarego Pass and reaching Cortina d'Ampezzo, you have evidence of a castle existing here until the second half of the nineteenth century. This is the Botestagno Castle, which was located in the locality a few kilometres north of Cortina.

It is assumed that the origins of this fortification are even from the Lombard period (VII or VIII century), although the first stone nucleus dates back probably between the late eleventh and early twelfth century, when the Emperor Henry IV donated these lands to the Patriarchate of Aquileia. It passed then under the dominion of the da Camino, who made it a centre of trade and duty collection, then the Republic of Venice and finally the Tyrol under Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg (XVI century), when it reached its importance and splendour peak.

In the eighteenth century its fame began to wane, and the costs for its maintenance became too high for an almost empty coffers empire. The fortress was then put up for auction and bought by the Magnificent Community d'Ampezzo, which nevertheless left it in a state of neglect. Mostly used in the first half of the nineteenth century for military purposes, Botestagno was definitely abandoned and then demolished in the second half of the nineteenth century. Today you can see only a few ruins, almost completely swallowed up by vegetation, in a beautiful panoramic location in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites.