MMM Corones

by Heike June. 17, 2018 2780 views

I don't know, how well known Reinhold Messner in other countries is, but in Germany he is very famous and I don't know anybody in my circle of friends, who has never heard of him. Even me heard about him since my youth, and I'm, what we call in german, a typical 'Flachland Tiroler'. Literally: flatland tyrolean = people, born and grown up in the north of germany, where it is soooo flat, that you can see already on wednesday, who comes for a visit on sunday.

For those, who never heard about Reinhold Messner, he is a famous mountaineer and explorer, born 1944 in Bressanone, Italy. He became the first man on globe, who conquered an eight thousand meter high mountain alone (Nanga Parbat 1978). Also in 1978, he and the mountaineer Peter Habeler, were the first humans, who climbed the Mount Everest without the aid of oxygen tanks. He is also the first person, who climbed all 14 peaks on earth above 8.000 metres (26.000 feet).
In 1970 he lost his brother while climbing together the Nanga Parbat, he himself lost six toes to frostbite.
He crossed the Antarctica on skis...and when he was 60 years old, he crossed the Gobi desert (2000km = 1242 miles)! By foot... !!

He is really what I call a 'freak' - and I say that, with my greatest respect!

If you are interested, there are several articles about him in the www and he himself wrote about 50 books about his adventures.

In recent years, he set up the MMM - MessnerMountainMuseums in South-Tyrol (IT). All together, this are 6 museums in 6 different places in South-Tyrol, all of them document the culture and history of high-altitude areas. I lateley visited one of them, the MMM Corones.

MMM Corones

MMM Corones

It's located on the summit plateau of Kronplatz (2.275 m = 7464 feet). Inside the museum, it's not allowed to take photos, what I respected, but anyway, I was more interested in the really stunning architecture of that museum. The architect was Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, an Iraqi-British architect (died in 2016).
Most parts of the building are underground, outside you only see the entrance and three gigantic windows, from which you look into the three different directions, southwest to the peak of the Peitlerkofel mountain, in the second, south toward the Heiligkreuzkofel peak, and the third (with a platform) face west to the Ortler and South Tyrol.

Entrance

Entrance

Entrance and backside

Entrance and backside

Entrance and panorama view

Entrance and panorama view

Window and platform

Window and platform

Platform

Platform

platform with visitors

platform with visitors

partly platform

partly platform

the three windows

the three windows

a bit view

a bit view

Unfortunately we had very unstable weather when we were up there, but isn't that a good reason to come back one day?

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Jorge Cardoso 2 years, 1 month ago

Rozária Sousa is absolutely right!!! These are excellent!

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Heike Replied to Jorge Cardoso 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you, glad you like them! smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Rozária Sousa 2 years, 1 month ago

I had seen some pics of this place before, mostly in architecture or design magazines & newsletters (which means top professional photographers did the job)... but I can tell you:

- Your photos are BY FAR, THE BEST I'VE SEEN OF THIS WONDERFUL MUSEUM!!!

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Rozária Sousa 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm flattered, thanks so much, Rozária! blue heart

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Svea Spuijbroek 2 years, 2 months ago

This looks amazing, your photos really want to make me visit the place!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Svea Spuijbroek 2 years, 2 months ago

If you have the choice, do it ! grinningSouth Tyrol is really worse to visit !

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Andrzej Pieniążek 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow . Amazing .

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Andrzej Pieniążek 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you ! grinning

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 4 months ago

now that is a view!!! so Sci-Fi as well

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes, it was really impressive. Thank you !

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ho Kim 2 years, 4 months ago

Amazing. I cannot believe all these taken from a same world. Aren't they came from Mars? Thank you~~~

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Ho Kim 2 years, 4 months ago

smile Looks really a bit otherworldly ! Thanks for your kind comment !

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 2 years, 5 months ago

What a fabulous place!  Thank you for introducing me to Messner.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Abigail Gossage 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Abigail ! Glad you like it.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Joe Zink 2 years, 5 months ago

What incredible accomplishments , climbing all of those peaks!
 The view in #10 makes me want to move there...it's absolutely beautiful.
 ( And now I have to go read about Mr. Messner ) grinning

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Joe ! Yes, the view is fantastic, isn't it. Mountains always make landscapes so majestic and sublime.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

Fabulous series of this amazing architectural marvel! Thank You!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Jay ! Glad you liked the so much !

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Heike 2 years, 5 months ago

My pleasure!

You did a great job!

Thanks for sharing this amazing place w/us!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 5 months ago

Wow Heike that is one strange but yet very attractive structure. Do you have to climb  up a mountain to get to it? Your pictures are real good, you captured the beauty of the area.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks god, there are cable-cars to the plateau, otherwise I would be still on the way up. smile
Thank you ! smiley

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 2 years, 5 months ago

smile

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John Waco Jr 2 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful, Great set of Photos.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to John Waco Jr 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you very much, John !
(I miss your posts...)

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Greg Blaney 2 years, 5 months ago

Great set of photos, Heike. Your exposures and composition are excellent and you've really captured the mood of the weather. +1 I've heard of Reinhold Messner but never these museums. Gives me some inspiration to visit. Thanks.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for your kind words, Greg ! There is so much to see and to discover in South Tyrol, I really can recommend a visit!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 5 months ago

First of all the photos are super and I like the edit very much. This place looks out of this world,it goes straight on my list to visit. Thank you for sharing this

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Peter ! South Tyrol is really worse a visit !

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Heike 2 years, 5 months ago

It is on the list of candidates for next year

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Andi Saw 2 years, 5 months ago
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Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

What an incredible work of art. Kudos to the architect of such an interesting building. Love your pictures Heike

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

Many thanks, Antonio ! grinning

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Francesc 2 years, 5 months ago

Very interesting post and fantastic shots

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Francesc 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Francesc ! Glad you like it !

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