Great Saint Bernard Pass


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Great Saint Bernard Pass

An Alpine pass, 2,472 m (8,110 ft) high, on the Italian-Swiss border. Known to the ancient Romans, it is named for Saint Bernard of Menthon, who founded a hospice at its summit in the 11th century.
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Museum head Vouilloz says this role change is the subject of a new movie being made for the museum, which will show today's different breed of rescuer how it was back in the day, when pilgrims heading over the Great Saint Bernard Pass on their way from Canterbury to Rome got caught in the snow: St.
I had chosen to get to the Great Saint Bernard Pass from its Italian side: to fly into Milan and travel by train west to Aosta, past a litany of unknown stations--Rho, Magenta, Novara, Vercelli, Santhia, Chivasso--and then unnamed castles and towers on sheer crags; to catch the bus up the mountain from Aosta the following day, from the valley bottom to eighty-six hundred feet elevation.
Though the Great Saint Bernard Pass might seem cut off from the world, especially when the clouds and snow move in again, and the familiar figures of the roofers have come down at the end of the day, the roads all crossed here: Neolithic, Celtic, Roman, medieval, Napoleonic.