The Ornovasso Tower

The Ornavasso Tower

The Ornavasso Tower

The Landmark of Naters
When you follow Schulhausstrasse in the northern direction, you will soon find yourself in front of the old, robust landmark of Naters – the Ornavasso Tower. It was built in 1250 by the Augusta family from the Aosta Valley – a family which in those days held the title of Vitztum (vicedominus, or vice-lord), the highest secular representation of the Bishop. The tower was then passed on as a heritage to the Lords of Urnavas. In the 16th century the building served as an armory for the districts.
The following episode seems amazing and surreal, although it is an established fact: in 1877, the tower was supposed to be taken apart, and the stone material to be used for other constructions. Militant farmers from the Natischer mountain gathered, armed with scythes and pitchforks, and prevented the demolition with all their might.   
Around the turn of the century, the tower – now the property of the township – was converted into a school building, and in 1830 the eastern annex was added.

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