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Hello friends and colleagues, today I offer this view of the lake with the charming village of Hallstatt on the left, I discovered it through the photos of a TE partner. I hope you like it, then some letters about the villa.

Hallstatt / halʃtat / (Upper Austria) is a town in the mountainous district of the Salzkammergut in Austria. It is located near the Lake Hallstätter See.

Etymologically the name of Hall probably comes from the Celtic term with which was denominated to the salt, abundant in the near mines.
The locality gives its name to the culture of the age of Iron denominated Culture of Hallstatt
In 1997, the cultural landscape of Hallstatt-Dachstein was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Until the nineteenth century the only possibility to reach the town was by boat or by narrow paths. The land between the mountains and the lake was scarce being this little land occupied by the locality itself. The access between the houses and the shore of the lake was realized through a raised catwalk over the attics of the houses. The first important road was built in 1890 on the west side through the rock.

Nevertheless in this isolated and inhospitable place one of the first human settlements was established thanks to the deposits of salt. Some of the oldest finds in Hallstatt date back to 5000 A.C. In 1846 Johann Georg Ramsauer discovered a prehistoric cemetery near the present site of the town. Ramsauer's research work continued until 1863, unearthing more than 1000 pits meticulously from the first to the last. Each pit was measured and drawn before and after excavation. This methodology of study of the deposits initiates a new more methodical way to realize archaeological studies.

Commercial activity and abundance of resources allowed the development of a highly developed culture, after results of Salzberghochtal, was named the culture of Hallstatt.

There are to date no notable events occurring in Hallstatt during Roman times or early Middle Ages. In 1311, Hallstatt became a commercial city, showing that it had not lost its economic value. Today, apart from the production of salt, which since 1595 has been transported in the form of brine some 40 kilometers from Hallstatt to Ebensee through a pipeline, tourism plays a major factor in the economic life of the city. The tourists say that Hallstatt is the site "of the oldest pipe in the world", which was built 400 years ago from 13,000 hollowed logs. The land is so scarce that at ten years the bodies of the cemetery were exhumed to leave ground for new burials being transferred to an ossuary. A collection of skulls elaborately adorned with the names of their owners, professions and death dates inscribed on them are on display in the local chapel.
Source: Wikipedia.

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Date Taken: 2012-07-04 13:37
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