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Mountain Pass
Location type: Mountain Pass
Location address: Schweiz, Entremont, Bourg-Saint-Pierre
Number of texts: 6
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Great St. Bernard Pass is located at 2469 m.. It is the third highest road pass in Switzerland. It connects Martigny in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland to Aosta in Italy. It is located between the two highest summits of the Alps, Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa. The pass itself is located in Switzerland very close to Italy. It is located on the main watershed that separates the basin of the Rhone from that of the Po.

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Great St. Bernard Pass (Fr. Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard, It. Colle del Gran San Bernardo) (el. 2469 m.) is the third highest road pass in Switzerland. It connects Martigny in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland to Aosta in Italy. It is the lowest pass lying on the ridge between the two highest summits of the Alps, Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa. The pass itself is located in Switzerland in the canton of Valais, very close to Italy. It is located on the main watershed that separates the basin of the Rhône from that of the Po.

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In 1800, Napoleon’s army used the pass to enter Italy, an event depicted in Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass and Hippolyte Delaroche’s Bonaparte Crossing the Alps, both notable oil paintings.

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Did you know that the Great St. Bernard Pass is the most ancient pass through the Western Alps, with evidence of use as far back as the Bronze Age and surviving traces of a Roman road. It is also a place where many pilgrimage routes from Europe to Rome were converging.

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Julius Caesar sent his commander Servius Galba in 57 BC to conquer the Saint Bernard Pass. However, Galba was defeated. Emperor Augustus would avenge this defeat a few years later. The successor of Augustus, Claudius, laid the first road over the mountain pass, the first century AD.

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