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St. Johann im Walde

With 276 inhabitants (as at 01.01.2013), St. Johann im Walde is not exactly among the giants in the towns in East Tyrol. Yet its geographic location may be described as wholly privileged. It is located in Upper Iseltal between Ainet and Huben. The Isel flows through the second-smallest town, which, in that regard has for some time been in a head-to-head race with Untertilliach and Lavant. St. Johann im Walde is, in the truest sense of the word, an ancient settlement, since it was mentioned in documents dating from 1177. It is worthwhile taking a look at the coat of arms for the district of St. Johann first of all to get a better idea of its roots. In the town’s coat of arms you will see evidence of the strong religious foundations of the East Tyrolean population and also a graphic representation of the town’s name. John the Baptist is depicted on the coat of arms as a stylized branch, and is the symbol for the forest. This could probably not be better encapsulated. Religion and the surrounding nature and of course the adjoining forest too define the town of St. Johann im Walde. True to its name, so to speak.

Taking a look at the town area, some wonderful sacred buildings stand out in particular. There are 3 chapels which are worth seeing in a very tight space here - : the Maria Schnee chapel, the Sieben Schmerzen Mariens chapel and the Holy Trinity Chapel near Oblasser Hof. The John the Baptist catholic parish church completes the sacred buildings, taking its name directly from the town and the coat of arms. For anyone heading out to St. Johann im Walde in East Tyrol, a folk song may come to mind beforehand, which has as its theme one or another of the Men in the Wood (Brothers Grimm). In the town you will be surprised that you are not out on a limb, or even feel alone in the forest. Instead, you are in the midst of a town very much steeped in history, in a splendid location, which is more than worth exploring.

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