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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Matterhorn-Switzerland

The Matterhorn/Cervino straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy. The summit is 4,478 metres (14,692 feet) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps. The mountain overlooks the town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais to north-east and Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south.The "Matterhorn" is one of the world's most famous mountain. The first men who managed to climb to the top of this mountain was a group of seven mountaineers led by Edward Whymper from Great Britain on July 14, 1865. Four of the seven men died on the way back.
It is unknown who named this mountain "Matterhorn" or where the name comes from, but there are many families in this valley named "Matter".

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