Sent GR

Sent ( [ sɛnt ] / i;? German Sins ) is a municipality in the district Suot Tasna, District Inn of the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. On 1 January 2015 Sent will be merged with five other municipalities ( Ftan, Ardez, Scuol, Guarda and Scuol ) together and form the largest community of Switzerland. With about 4,700 inhabitants, it is at the same time be the largest area bündner Romanesque church ever.

  • 4.1 languages
  • 4.2 religions and denominations
  • 4.3 Nationality
  • 5.1 Customs
  • 5.2 Structures
  • 5.3 Senter gable
  • 5.4 agricultural terraces
  • 5.5 About Name
  • 6.1 Writers and journalists
  • 6.2 Artists
  • 6.3 musicians


Sent is a place in the Lower Engadine, which lies on a sunny terrace about 1,450 meters high above the Inn. In the municipality of 877 inhabitants ( end of 2009). Sent to include the fractions Sur En, Crusch, Sinestra and Zuort.


The first record of the village can be found Sent Nearly 500 years later in 930, in 1400, the municipality had the same extent as on today. In addition to the neighboring village of Scuol Sent was between 1572 - 300 houses, 1000 inhabitants - and 1900, the largest municipality in the Engadine. Sent also used to be called Sinz and Servants. Onomastisch the name and its origin are indecipherable until today.

1499 cremated an Austrian army Sent. With large fires in the years 1596, 1748, 1823, 1911 and 1921, this was not the only fire disaster by far.


For his efforts, the ecological community 19 November 2011 received the label " Energy City ".

Coat of arms

Blazon: Argent, on a pale green Dreienberg as asked, black key, the attribute of the church's patron saint Peter

The hill with the ruins of St. Peter's are the landmark of the community.



The Grison Romanesque dialect Vallader has remained the language of the majority of the population today. Until well into the 19th century it was used by all residents. But there was until 1970 a small German -speaking minority. 1880 gave 88%, in 1910 already 89%, even 91% in 1941 and 1970, 86 % of the population Romansh as their vernacular. Since then, the share of the German has greatly increased. This shows also the following table:

Romansh is supported by the community and the school. In 1990, 86 % understood and 2000 still 84 % of the population Romansh.

Religions and denominations

The community did not occur until 1576 on the Reformation, so much later than the rest of the Lower Engadine places.


Of the 877 residents of the end of 2009 were 795 Swiss nationals.

Culture and sights


On January 6, the feast is celebrated Babania.


  • Visible from a distance is the spire of the Reformed Church, which was built at the end of the 19th century in today's pointed shape. The church itself is much older.
  • At the village entrance you will find the ruins of the old church Baseglia San Peder, which was probably built around the year 1200. After the Reformation, the church fell slowly. The tower was temporarily used as ammunition and powder magazine. Presumably he is therefore still. The building is owned by the poet Peider Lansel family.
  • Typical of Sent are houses that are decorated with sgraffito.
  • Chasa dals Spus
  • Chasa Schigliana, 2000, architect Rolf Furrer, Christof Rösch
  • House Augustin
  • Spa in Val Sinestra
  • Palazzo Corradini
  • Villa Schucany
  • Residence Schmid
  • Residence Defila
  • Residence Stupaun
  • Covered wooden bridge

Senter gable

Senter gable can be found as an architectural peculiarity mainly in Sent, and more rarely in other villages in the area. The special feature is the curly shape of the roof gable. He came to the end of the 18th century by South Tyrolean craftsmen to the Engadine. Over time, this baroque gable became a feature of the village and therefore got its name.

Agricultural terraces

On the hillside of Sent earlier farming was operated. To cultivate the slope, he was transformed into terraces. The steep sections between the present pastures consist of hedges, a unique for Switzerland landform. Many species of birds will find a habitat.

About Name

In the tradition of the nickname of the Engadine villages Senter glad ils Asen (English: the donkey).


Linked by their origin or stays and activities with Sent include:

Writers and publicists

  • Gaudenzdorfer Barblan (1860-1916), a teacher at the first secondary school in the Lower Engadine, Sent, poet of the Engadine anthem Chara lingua da la mamma
  • Nicola Bardola ( born 1959 ), author, journalist, translator.
  • Cla Biert (1920-1981), writer. Lived in 1978 in Sent.
  • Manfred Koch ( born 1955 ), literary scholar, essayist and literary critic. Lives since 2007 in Sent.
  • Peider Lansel (1863-1943), poet and patron of Romansh. Married to a Senterin and residing here temporarily.
  • Angelika Overath ( born 1957 ), literary scholar, journalist, writer. Lives since 2007 in Sent, 2010 her work appeared in all colors of the snow. Senter diary.
  • Andri Peer (1921-1985), writer, born in Sent.
  • Jon panel (1911-1991), journalist and politician speech
  • Conradin Riola (1667/1670-1743), Reformed clergyman and theological writer


  • Gottfried Honegger ( * 1917 ), painter and sculptor.
  • Max Huggler (1903-1994), art scholars. Lived for a time in Sent.
  • Wolfgang Laib ( b. 1950 ), object and installation artist. Showed exhibition in the " Chasa dal guvernatur " in 2009, since then there 's lined with beeswax "cell".
  • Gian Enzo Sperone, art dealer and gallery in Rome, New York ( Sperone Westwater ) and Sent. Since 2006, owner of the " Chasa dal guvernatur " and operator of the local gallery.
  • Not Vital ( b. 1948 in Sent ), sculptor, painter, draftsman, engraver. Creator of Parkin " Not dal Mot". Works in the " Chasa dal guvernatur ".


  • Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951), conductor and composer. Lived at times on a farm Zuort, donated the chapel there.
  • Warren Thew (1927-1984), pianist, composer, poet and artist. Lived from 1972 partly in Sent; Wrote since Romansh poems and songs.


Main source of income of the town is tourism. In winter, many guests who drive in the neighboring town of Scuol by cable car to the ski Motta Naluns come.


In the summer farming eleven Senter farmers jointly two Alps. The milk is mainly processed into cheese, which is sold in the local dairy.