The regularly layered walls of the nave, the flat ceiling, a small, walled-up arched window on the southern side and another walled-up original entrance have been preserved from the Romanesque period during which the church was built.
The St. Kathrein Church is part of the so-called Alpine Romanesque Road, which runs from Burgeis/Burgusio in the Upper Vinschgau Valley through the Etschtal Valley to Termeno and links Romanesque artistic and cultural monuments with one another. Its intention is to make them better known and prevent their picturesque style from only being known to insiders.
If you want to know more about Romanesque structures in the area, the book, “Aussichtsreich: Erlebnisse rund um die Alpine Straße der Romanik” by Marlene Lobis is well worth a read (German and Italian only). Available from the Hafling-Vöran-Meran 2000 tourist information office.
This backdrop ...
...with the romantic little church and breathtaking views of the Merano valley basin consistently captivates numerous people. The St. Kathrein Church is a popular place for holding weddings and festivals: year in, year out couples from near and far say “I do” here. The traditional Hafling church fair is celebrated every August, on the Sunday after the Feast of the Assumption (15.08), in this idyllic spot.
» Theresia Egger Singer
» Franzen C., Laimer M., Stampfer H. (2000) in Messerschmitt Stiftung München (Hrsg.), St. Katharina in der Scharte in Hafling. Lana, Italy: Tappeiner AG
» Lobis M. (2020) in IDM Südtirol (Hrsg.), Aussichtsreich: Erlebnisse rund um die Alpine Straße der Romanik (S. 132-137). Bolzano, Italy: Athesia-Tappeiner Verlag