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Vom Viamalabrief

It was April 23, 1473, when Riget Damoe, Gory Hensli Gantabein, Dumänig Michälschmid and 37 other men from "Tusis, Katz and Mazein" drew up a seminal document for Thusi: the Viamala Letter.


The participants commit themselves to "the richstrass and the waeg enzwüschend Tusis and Schams, so one nempt Fyamala zuo howen, uffzuorichten and ze machen."

To confirm this agreement, the rod comrades asked Count Jörg von Werdenberg-Sargans and the Junker Joachim von Castelmur to mark the document with their seal. Thus, the Thusner Transitgenossenschaft, the so-called "Rod" or "Port", was launched. It was a link in a chain of six ports between Chur and Chiavenna or Bellinzona.

In addition to maintaining the path through the hard-to-pass Viamala, it was their task to receive the goods in Thusis, to divide them among the cooperative members and to transport them undamaged through the Viamala. Thus, the Splügen or San Bernardino route became the most important transit axis for a long time.

Portenwesen existed until the 19th century. Today the Viamala letter is in the archives of the municipality of Thusis. On the town hall square, through which a large part of the transport of goods ran at that time, today the fountain designed by the artist Giuliano Pedretti reminds of those times.


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