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Maranatha Museum

The Maranatha museum was opened in Lutago in the year 2000. Since then, it has again and again been extended and made more attractive to visitors. The word Maranatha is Aramaic and means „Our lord has come“. The phrase may have been used as a greeting between Early Christian. The museum has the form of a Tyrolean barn and was built of the wood of an old farm in Predoi.
The museum exhibits a very imaginative mangers world in its inside and a beautiful sculptures garden with a 500 years old pine tree trunk, a well and some chainsaw carved figures. One room is dedicated to the mask carving, which has its origins in the Valle Aurina. Here you can follow the art of carving from a rough block to a simple, but impressive and frightening mask. The Modern-Art-Atelier exhibits small mangers from all over the world and mangers awarded at international exhibitions. Very worth seeing is the manger with life-sized wood figures.

The Artist’s Studio, in which the local sculptor Lukas Troi, one of the most talented artists of the valley has been working since 2003, is used for various activities. Here the visitors can watch the artist during his work and if they like they can also take some carving lessons. In 2009 the museum was extended of a gloriole, which exhibits several old, original wood mangers, like for example a very old oriental manger, a rare Christmas pyramid of the Erzgebirge, a Swarovsky manger and a Neapolitan manger.