Museum Ladin Ćiastel de Tor in San Martino in Badia
The autonomous province of Bolzano purchased Castel Tor for the purpose of realising a provincial museum. The castle, named "Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor" is dedicated to the culture and history of the Ladin population.
The history of the castle dates back to the XII century when it was the centre of justice "Thurn an der Gader". The museum strongly contributes to the divulgence of the history of the Ladins of the Dolomites: they descend from the ancient Roman population who used to live in this area. The Ladins are the oldest of the three language groups in South Tyrol. Thanks to multimedia equipment visitors get an insight into the language, the culture and the history of the Ladin population in the Dolomites.
The main topics in the museum are archaeology (the history of colonisation, "Sotciastel", from Rhaetians to Ladins), history (princes, judges, subjects), the Dolomites (formation, discovery, exploration), the language and Ladin identity (language laboratory, artistic handcrafts), the economy (residential settlements "viles", the Via del Ferro iron trail), an observation point of Ladin history (Ladinoscope).