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History and Tradition in Scena near Merano
A village in South Tyrol, which upholds its traditions
History and Tradition in Scena near Merano

History and Tradition in Scena near Merano

A village in South Tyrol, which upholds its traditions

The name Scena/Schenna first appears in documents in the 12th century. It is of Romanesque origin and it is assumed that, just like the word scene, it is derived from the Latin word for stage or setting, scaene. Scena was already inhabited as early as in Roman times, which is indicated not least by discoveries of antique coins. However, more recent research locates Scena already in pre-Roman, Rhaetian times. Since the Middle Ages, the actual history of Scena is, however, closely connected with the history of its castle.

In the 12th century, the Lords of Scena were brought to the fore in Tyrol’s history, as ministers of the Counts of Tyrol. The local ruler gave permission to one of the most powerful aristocrats in this area, Petermann von Schenna, possession of Schenna Castle and modified it to its current form. The castle changed ownership time and again. In 1844, the castle was acquired by Habsburg Archduke Johann. Since then, it has been in the ownership of his descendants who occupy it.

To this day, the inhabitants of Scena therefore are wearing their time-honoured traditional costume not only on the occasion of ceremonious processions, but also for mass on Sundays and other special days such as Palm Sunday, Easter or the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sunday. Here, in the heart of Tyrol, customs are cultivated. History and traditions are alive. Many residents are also active in charitable associations, including the village band, theatre or sports club; or also as volunteers in supporting culture or heritage and the volunteer fire department. To be present is a matter of honour, participation is self-evident.
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