The Mont Blanc
The massif of Mont Blanc, with its gorgeous chain of 4000 m. (twelve of them are visible from Aosta side) is the alpine spur most impressive and highest of Europe. Its name is connected to the brave adventures of modern climbing.
The peak was gained for the first time in 1786 by two Chamonix inhabitants: Gabriel Paccard, a doctor, and Jacques Balmat, researcher of crystals and hunter.
After them, a very impressive series of ascensions made the story of this mountain, giving to this Europe’s small corner an international fame. Nowadays the superb landscapes that get open to the hikers’ eyes are visible to everybody, because of the cableway that connects La Palud (Courmayeur) to Chamonix by Punta Helbronner-aiguille du Midi way.
This work of art defined by the International Press “the eighth Wonder” (1989) was ended in 1958. Because of the technical solutions used and the actual extreme conditions it is considered so far a masterpiece of modern engineering.
From 1965, a tunnel has been opened under Mont Blanc. It connects Aosta Valley to Savoy allowing cultural, economical and tourist exchanges between the two countries: the tunnel is for Aosta Valley the only door open all year long to France.
Mountain to hike, tourist decoy, a communication route; Mont Blanc is all this but, for the inhabitants of the three regions at its feet (Aosta Valley, Savoy and Vallese), this granite’s mountain is something more: it is the witness of a common civilisation, physical symbol of the old historical, linguistic and cultural unity that all the world, in spite of the three frontiers that go through, knows with the name of “Pays du Mont Blanc” (Mont Blanc countries).
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The massif of Mont Blanc, with its gorgeous chain of 4000 m. (twelve of them…
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