The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Italian for "the three peaks of Lavaredo"), also called the Drei Zinnen (German, literally "three merlons"), are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy. They are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. The three peaks, from east to west, are:
Cima Piccola/Kleine Zinne ("little peak"). 2.857m
Cima Grande/Große Zinne ("big peak"). 2.999m
Cima Ovest/Westliche Zinne ("western peak"). 2.973m
This image is a side view from Forcella Lavaredo / Paternsattel where mainly the eastern peaks can be seen : Punta di Frida (2.792 m) and Preußturm (Kleinste Zinne Torre Preuß, Cima Piccolissima) (2.700 m).
The peaks are composed of well-layered dolostones of the Dolomia Principale (Hauptdolomit) formation, Carnian to Rhaetian in age, as are many other groups in the Dolomites.
Until 1919 the peaks formed part of the border between Italy and Austria. Now they lie on the border between the Italian provinces of South Tyrol and Belluno and still are a part of the linguistic boundary between German-speaking and Italian-speaking majorities.
Image: Forcella Lavaredo (IT) - 05/07/2011
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