|Comune di Ortisei|
Gemeinde St. Ulrich
Chemun de Urtijëi
|Province||South Tyrol (BZ)|
|o Mayor||Tobia Moroder|
|o Total||24.3 km2 (9.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,230 m (4,040 ft)|
(31 January 2015)
|o Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
German: Sankt Ulricher
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||San Udalricus|
|Saint day||July 4|
Urtijëi (Ladin: [u?ti'i?] ; German: St. Ulrich in Gröden [sa?kt 'ulr?ç in '?rø:dn?]; Italian: Ortisei [orti'z?i]) is a town of 4,637 inhabitants in South Tyrol in northern Italy. It occupies the Val Gardena within the Dolomites, a mountain chain that is part of the Alps.
From 1860 to 1914 Urtijëi experienced a relevant economical growth due to the opening of a major road connecting Val Gardena to the main railroad; as a result the local woodcarving industry flourished. International tourism developed through the discovery of the Dolomites first by English tourists, and subsequently visitors from other parts of Austria-Hungary as well as the German Empire. Currently, the town's economy is mostly based on winter skiing tourism, summer hiking tourism, and woodcarving.
The emblem shows Saint Ulrich, with the bishop's vestments and a gold cross in his right hand, mounted on a horse, with gold harness and a blue saddle pad, on three green mountains on a gold field. The emblem is decorated with a blue chief, with three small silver shields alternating with two golden bees; the bees symbolize the laboriousness of the inhabitants. The coat of arms was granted in 1907 and reappointed in 1970.
Or, St Ulrich in bishops vestments with a cross Or in right hand, mounted on a white horse Proper with harness of the field and a saddle blanket Azure on a trimount Vert; On a chief Azure, two bees Or between three escutcheons Argent.
According to the 2011 census, 84.19% of the population speaks Ladin, 9.30% German, and 6.51% Italian as first language.
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