Reschensee (Italian: Lago di Resia) or Lake Reschen is an artificial lake in the western portion of South Tyrol, Italy, approximately 2 km (1.3 mi) south of the Reschen Pass, which forms the border with Austria, and 3 km (2 mi) east of the mountain ridge forming the border with Switzerland. The lake is famous for the steeple of a submerged 14th-century church; when the water freezes, this can be reached on foot. A legend says that during winter one can still hear church bells ring. In reality the bells were removed from the tower on July 18, 1950, a week before the demolition of the church nave and the creation of the lake. In total 163 homes and 523 hectares (1,290 acres) of cultivated land were submerged.
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