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Encyclopedia > Little St Bernard Pass
Col du Petit St. Bernard

View of the stone circle crossed diagonally by the road. Remains of World War II fortifications are also visible.
Elevation 1487 meters
Location Savoie, Flag of France France
Range Alps
Coordinates 45°40.8′N 6°53′E

The Little St Bernard Pass (French: Col du Petit Saint-Bernard, Italian: Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo) is a mountain pass in the Alps at 45°40.8′N 6°53.04′E. Its saddle is at 2188 metres above sea level. It is located in Savoie, France, to the south of the Mont Blanc Massif, and close to the border with Italy. There is also a Great St. Bernard Pass and a San Bernardino Pass. Image File history File links 800px-Psb3. ... A topographical summit is a point on a surface which is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. ... Savoie is a French département located in the Alps. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... The Himalaya as seen from the International Space Station A mountain range is a group of mountains bordered by lowlands or separated from other mountain ranges by passes or rivers. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... In a range of hills, or especially of mountains, a pass (also gap, notch, col, saddle, bwlch or bealach) is a lower point that allows easier access through the range. ... The West face of the Petit Dru above the Chamonix valley near the Mer de Glace. ... Savoie is a French département located in the Alps. ... Mont Blanc (French for white mountain) or Monte Bianco (Italian, same meaning) also known as La Dame Blanche (French, the white lady), in the Alps, is the highest mountain in Western Europe. ... Hospice at the Great St Bernard, with ancient road in foreground. ... The San Bernardino Pass is a mountain pass (2063 m) in the Swiss Alps connecting the Hinterrhein and the Mesolcina (Misox) valleys between Thusis (Grisons) and Bellinzona (Ticino). ...


Although damaged by a road that runs through it, the pass is the site of a stone circle measuring 72 m in diameter. A standing stone once stood in the middle. It has not been precisely dated but from coin finds it has been attributed to the Iron Age, possibly being a ceremonial site of the Tarentaisian culture (c. 725 BC - 450 BC). A Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter was later erected nearby along with a Roman mansio serving travellers along the pass and it is thought that Carthaginian general Hannibal used this route. Swinside stone circle, in the Lake District, England. ... Standing stones, orthostats, liths or more commonly, megaliths because of their large and cumbersome size, are solitary stones set vertically in the ground. ... Iron Age Axe found on Gotland This article is about the archaeological period known as the Iron Age, for the mythological Iron Age see Iron Age (mythology). ... Jupiter et Thétis - by Jean Ingres, 1811. ... From the Latin word mansus the perfect passive participle of manere to remain or to stay. In the Roman Empire, a mansio was an official stopping place on a Roman road, or via, maintained by the central government for the use of officials and those on official business whilst travelling. ... Hannibal is one of the most common prenames in Punic and we know several military commanders (strategos) with this prename during the Punic Wars, while their family names or nicknames are often not recorded. ...

The stone circle was partly restored in the 19th century. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1200x1600, 358 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Little St Bernard Pass Bernard of Menthon Portal:France/Featured Picture Archive ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1200x1600, 358 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Little St Bernard Pass Bernard of Menthon Portal:France/Featured Picture Archive ... St. ...


External links

  • Climbbybike.com: All information on and profile of the Piccolo San Bernardo
  • French Ministry of Culture page on the region

 
 

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