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This is the first church on banks of Rhine river in the small village Hinterrhein (about 85 inhabitants) in the Swiss canton Graubünden (Grisons). It is situated in an altitude of 1.624 meters in the valley of one of the two headwaters of Rhine river.

Here the northern ramp of San Bernardino pass begins and here at the beginning of the steep ascent a church already was mentioned in a deed of the year 1219 as "Ecclesia Sancti Petri de Reno (=Rhine)". It then belonged to nobles living on the southern side of the Alps.
About 1270 Walser (Welshmen) from Valais settled here and founded this village. Many centuries people of Hinterrhein made a living from leading sumpters across the pass to Ticino. In 1820 the street from Chur to Bellinzona across San Bernardino pass was built - drivable for carts - and in 1882 the Gotthard railway line was opened up. This meant the end of sumpters. Today people earn their living from agriculture (livestock farming) and a bit tourism and Hinterrrhein is a small calm village - not affected by the incessant traffic on the nearby Autobahn from Chur to Milano.

In the workshop you can see the nearly undecorated interior of this somehow touching little church.

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