When the Italian government decided to create an artificial lake in the South Tirol province of Northern Italy, the locals were none too happy. In order to increase electricity production, 163 homes and a 14th century church had to be sacrificed to make way for a new dam.
Although the townspeople fought the flooding tooth and nail, in 1950 the land was indeed flooded. The homes were completely destroyed, but the top of the church tower stayed standing above the artificial lake. During the winter the lake freezes over and the tower is accessible by foot, but during the warmer months it stands alone in the middle of the lake.