We're looking at a typical Tyrolean house as we make our way up to Zirl's parish church in the background. Note the upper balcony of unpainted wood, the flowers in the windowboxes, and the Tirolean eagle painted below the eaves. One often sees the Tirolean eagle (a crowned red eagle with a green wreath around its head) on houses in Tirol as a reminder of the strong patriotic feelng here. That patriotism goes back to Andreas Hofer and the stuggles to maintain Tirolean indpendence of Bavaria and France in the early 1800s, and more recent stuggles to re-unite North Tirol in Austria with South Tirol, which has been under Italian control since 1919.



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