We're looking southward across an Inn Valley corn field toward the village of Polling. Polling sits just a bit above the floodplain of the Inn, presumably to avoid flooding by the Inn and also to avoid using valuable farmland for residential purposes.
        Tirolean villages, and in fact most European villages, typically have one large church like the onion-domed church seen here. They serve as landmarks, in that little of the village can be seen from afar, but the steeple of the church stands high enough to tell wayfarers where the village is. Americans are often surprised at the size and ornamentation of a church like that in Polling. The reason is that Polling supports just one chuch (a Roman Catholic church, of course), rather than a number of churches (as would be the case in America). The relatively small village can thus support a large church.



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