May 27: Sent – to church
Since in 2005 I explored all of the towns on the left side of the En between Zernez and Scuol, I decided to venture beyond Scuol this time. On this day I wanted to see Sent, the next town downstream from Scuol. Just the train to Scuol and then a bus. Simple.
On the way, the En looking rather sedimentary.
More spring yellowry. I think these may all be dandelions, despite looking more like buttercups at this remove.
Trees against sky, grass against sky. I think this may be the valley leading up to the Flüelapass, as this was close to Susch.
Due to the window detailing being similar to the local railway stations, I've figured this is a switching station. Regardless, it's a really neat building — nice proportions, and the rows of embedded round stones are a great touch.
This would be a great crashsledding hill.
After the village of Lavin, Kühe serenely sunning and snacking.
Another tier of content cows.
It's a farm! It's a monastery! It's... Guarda!
Then the tower of the old Chastè Steinsberg hove into view over the Queen Anne's Lace, heralding our arrival at Ardez.
At which point we had to get off the train because there was track work or something being done before Scuol, an echo of the previous day's transit adventure. A woman who turned out to live in Sent advised me of this when she noticed I didn't seem to be understanding the train announcement very well. It was a straightforward bus ride to continue to Sent, just an earlier transfer than expected. Anyway, when we arrived in Sent she invited me for Kaffee & Kuchen at her house, where I met her husband and kids and had a very pleasant time sitting outside and conversing with them, in a mix of English and Deutsch. I still really appreciate that hospitality — above and beyond!
After that I explored all around Sent. Here, a glimpse of the distinctively nubbly church spire.
Like many of the Unterengadin towns, Sent is perched high on a hillside, affording grand framed views of the mountains across the valley.
A bold roof profile and quite old-looking sgraffito. I wonder why the ibex-frame is impinged upon by the window below, and why it appears to be cut off above. The palimpsest of sgraffito is often fascinating.
A delightful typical Engadin streetscape. Note the quoins on the yellowish building at left — they're painted, but since the sun angle is consonant with their imaginary lighting angle, they're especially trompe-l'oeil.
A slightly fuller view of the church. The church was built in the late 15th century, but the tower is much newer and, I just discovered via that article, is made of stained glass!
Inside, fair weather beyond the clerestory.
Impression of the vault, small but elegant with these starlike figures.
The organ and balcony in a lovely, very Engadin paneled-wood style.
These vegetal ceiling accents now remind me of the Michaelskirche.
The apse has this interesting sort of Stübli-like configuration, quite unusual.
A note about the church's renovation. Rumantsch looks and sounds so cool. It's like Italian gritted up a little with German sounds and phonotactics.
A rather topographical boulder/sculpture in the churchyard.
To the northwest, a velveteen mountain.
Right next to the churchyard, one finds an excellent lilac-tempered view down to the En and across the valley.
Looking back toward and beyond town from a nearby spot inside the church's side yard.
Dat apse. Back it up.
The side yard offers this rather grander expanse of view. The settlement in the middle distance is Scuol.
This is one of those outdoor spots I just want to live in. A perfect example of prospect-and-refuge.