Surava is a Romanesque settlement built after the 10th century. Located on the territory of Belfort, it shared the fate of this dominion. Since 1725 it has formed its own Catholic parish, previously it had belonged ecclesiastically to Brienz.
In 1869, the political municipality of Surava temporarily gave up its independence and merged with neighbouring Brienz to form the municipality of Brienz-Surava. Already in 1883, after only 14 years, the merger partners separated again, and Brienz/Brinzauls and Surava existed again as independent political municipalities until 31 December 2014. With around 200 inhabitants, Surava is now almost twice as large as Brienz/Brinzauls with only 104 inhabitants.
The beautiful villagescape is dominated by the partly richly decorated houses, which are reminiscent of the building culture in the Engadine, by the church Son Siari. The façade of the church depicts a painting of St. George. The coat of arms of the former municipality of Surava shows the scene of the dragon slaying by St. George and the river band of the Albula.
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