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Tarasp
Former municipality of Switzerland
Lake Tarasp at dawn
Lake Tarasp at dawn
Coat of arms of Tarasp
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Inn
Area
 • Total 46.9 km2 (18.1 sq mi)
Elevation 1,403 m (4,603 ft)
Population (Dec 2014)
 • Total 337
 • Density 7.186/km2 (18.61/sq mi)
Postal code 7553
Localities Fontana, Vulpera, Sparsels, Aschera, Avrona, Chaposch, Chants, Florins, Nairs, Sgnè, Vallatscha
Surrounded by Ardez, Ftan, Scuol, Tschierv, Zernez

Tarasp is a former municipality in the district of Inn in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Its eleven settlements are situated within the Lower Engadin valley along the Inn River, at the foot of the Sesvenna Range. On 1 January 2015 the former municipalities of Ardez, Guarda, Tarasp, Ftan and Sent merged into the municipality of Scuol.

Originally a Romansh language area, the majority of the population today speaks High Alemannic German. Unlike the surrounding municipalities, the Tarasp parish is mainly Catholic.

History

Tarasp was also a Lordship of the Holy Roman Empire, which joined the Austrian Imperial Circle in 1512 and was passed to the Princes of Dietrichstein in 1683.

Tarasp was an Austrian enclave inside the Free State of the Three Leagues, an associate of the Old Swiss Confederacy until 1809, when Austria ceded the territory to Revolutionary France, who subsequently passed it to Graubünden.

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