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A world of crystal


The surprises of the Dolomythos-Museum in San Candido
The treasures of the Dolomites include the small mineral miracles of nature that dot their slopes. Fassaite, the Tiso geodes and the great Dolomite Crystal are just some of the most precious examples on display.

Shining, colourful, multiform, faceted, precious, fragile and unique. These are just some of the most fitting adjectives that describe minerals and crystals. These jewels of nature fascinate people of any age because of their appearance, enigmatic attraction and the mystery of their origin. They also raise questions about how, why and where they were formed. This curiosity can now be satisfied at the Dolomythos Museum in San Candido (Bolzano), thanks to its founder, Michael Wachtleri. It has truly exceptional examples such as glassy-green Fassaite, the Tiso geodes, rocky masses with cavities lined with gleaming multicoloured crystals that are usually of quartz, and, in particular, the huge and amazing „Dolomite Crystal“, the real star of the collection because it is unique. Most importantly, at the Museum it is possible to find out about the origin of these minerals, how time and nature have combined various elements and chemical compounds to create incredible natural works of art and hide them in the „loveliest construction in the world“, the Dolomite mountain range. Thanks to its particular geology, it contains crystals and minerals that are collectors´items. Here in fact there are two types of rocks which derive from totally different processes and environments: those of the light-coloured rocky needles of the Dolomites and the darker volcanic environments of the green and sunny valleys. Photos and films at the Dolomythos Museum document the hours of arduous work among the rocks and ice that the crystal hunters, „the last Alpine heroes“, devote to finding rare collectors pieces, the discovery of which is still a very emotional experience. But that’s not all. In the 300 – square-metre display area, intriguing films also illustrate the world of fossils, dinosaurs and prehistoric plants. During the summer, visitors can become treasure hunters in the large garden and learn about the saurian of the Dolomites, Megachirella wachtleri, the cave bear, the origin and evolution of the Dolomite landscape, the heroic deeds of the inhabitants and the extraordinary feats of great adventures and rock-climbers. During this walk through history, hot drinks and delicious typical cakes can be enjoyed in a traditional, 200-year-old wood-panelled „stube“. And before leaving the Museum, the purchase of a book, film or souvenir will keep alive the memory of this entertaining and informative journey through time.


 
 

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Michael Wachtler
Discoverer, philosopher of nature, author, film director

Via P.-P.-Rainer 11,
I-39038 San Candido (BZ)

Tel. +39 0474 913462
Fax +39 0474 913092
michael@wachtler.com
www.michaelwachtler.com

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Michael Wachtler - Discoverer, philosopher of nature, author, film director
Via P.-P.-Rainer 11, I-39038 San Candido (BZ)
Tel. +39 0474 913462 - Fax +39 0474 913092 - michael@wachtler.com - www.michaelwachtler.com