Pragelato, Province of Torino, Piedmont, Italy
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- Altitude: 1518 m a.s.l
- Population: about 450 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 10060
- Phone Area Code: 0122
- Frazioni & Localities: Allevè, Chezal, Duc, Fausimagne, Grand Puy, Granges, Jousseaud, Laval, Pattemouche, Plan, Rif, Rivets, Ruà (Capoluogo), Sèite, Souchère Haute, Souchères Basses, Troncea, Traverses, Villardamond.
In the fourteenth century, exactly on Christmas Eve 1386, the Waldensians escaping from French troops sought refuge on the slopes of Mount Albergian (3043 m), where many children died from the cold, and the survivors settled in Pragelato. In 1713 with the Treaty of Utrecht it was included in the Savoy dominions.
The nineteenth and twentieth century were marked by considerable migration to France. On April 19, 1904 an avalanche destroyed the huts of the workers in the mine at Beth, killing 81 people. Still today a plaque inside the small cemetery of the Laval township commemorates the victims of the disaster. In 1934 Sestriere, previously included in the jurisdiction of Pragelato, was made into a separate municipality.
What to see
- The Regional Natural Park of the Val Troncea wich is rich in endemic flower and animal species.
- The Parish Church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, built under Louis XIV
- The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Snows, recently reconstructed.
- The Museum of the Costume and Traditions of Alpine People..
Pragelato was one of the sites of the Winter Olympics Games of Turin 2006, with the following sport specialties:
- ski jumping
- cross-country skiing
- Nordic combined: two disciplines for one gold, first ski-jumping then cross-country skiing. The area for the cross-country events was in the Valle Chisone, between Pattemouche e Granges, at an altitude between 1530 and 1620 m a.s.l. and consists of two 5-km-long rings and multiple side tracks.