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The Dolomites and their history

The Dolomites and their historyCelts, Noricans or Venetians – ever since, a mix of various different ethnic groups have been inhabiting the Dolomites area. Still today, its eventful past fascinates a great number of people.

When talking about the historic past of the Dolomites, one soon realizes that it is strongly connected with the year 1789, the year in which the French adventurer Dèodat de Dolomieu discovered the dolomite brick which later was named after him and was the eponym for the entire mountain range.

The history of the DolomitesWith the beginning of the 18th century, the tourism industry discovered the Dolomites.
The first holiday makers and later on passionate alpinists characterized the area, before World War I brought pain and death. Today, decades later, the Dolomites are a World Natural Heritage Site.

In January 2012 we started to collaborate with the author and historian Michael Wachtler on a series about the Dolomite’s historic past. Happy reading!

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