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Courmayeur
Courmayeur
is a town and comune in northern Italy, in the autonomous region of Aosta
Aosta
Valley. At an elevation of 1,224 m (4,016 ft) above sea level, it is located at the foot of the southern side of Mont Blanc, at 4,810 m (15,781 ft) the highest point in the Alps
Alps
and western Europe
Europe
(see Seven Summits), and is crossed by the Dora Baltea
Dora Baltea
river. Courmayeur
Courmayeur
shares administration of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
with its neighboring commune of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in France, and is consequently able to claim the title of highest commune in Italy. Courmayeur
Courmayeur
also shares access to the glacial ski run of the Vallée Blanche with another French town, Chamonix, which sits at the opposite, northern, side of the Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
massif.

Contents

1 History 2 Landmarks 3 Sister cities 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The toponym "Courmayeur" was mentioned as "Curia majori" (1233-1381), Corte Maggiore (1620), Cormoyeu (1648), Cormaior (1680), Cormaior (Vissher, 1695), Cormaggior (L'Isle, 1707), Cormaior (Stagnoni, 1772) and Cormaieur (Martinel, 1799). Nowadays' toponym was first confirmed by Édouard Aubert (La Vallée d'Aoste, 1860), Joseph-Marie Henry (Histoire populaire de la Vallée d'Aoste, 1929) and Amé Gorret (Guide de la Vallée d'Aoste, 1877). It became a popular tourist destination when alpinism arose, thanks to its proximity to the Mont-Blanc. Under the fascist regime and its "italianist" rule, the town was briefly renamed "Cormaiore". Courmayeur
Courmayeur
was reestablished in 1948 alongside all other French toponyms in the Aosta
Aosta
Valley. In 2013 according regional law 61 (Dénomination officielle des communes de la Vallée d'Aoste et protection de la toponymie locale) a referendum was carried out to change the official name into Courmayeur-Mont-Blanc, but the [1] but there was no sufficient quorum. Landmarks[edit]

Dolonne village.

the Town Hall.

Courmayeur's picturesque mountain scenery make it an attractive year-round destination. It is cited as "Italy's best all-round ski resort",[2] and contains the Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea, which describes itself as Europe's highest botanical garden.[3] The Church of Saint-Pantaléon dates to the 18th century. In the summer months Courmayeur
Courmayeur
is a popular destination for hikers.[4] The nearby village of La Palud is the base station of the Skyway Monte Bianco, the cable car to the Pointe Helbronner. This links to the Vallée Blanche Aerial Tramway
Vallée Blanche Aerial Tramway
going to the Aiguille du Midi, which connects to the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, the cable car from Chamonix. Notre Dame de Guérison sanctuary
Notre Dame de Guérison sanctuary
stands at the foot out Mont Chétif. The Courmayeur
Courmayeur
Noir in festival, an annual film and literature event, was introduced in 1991 and takes place in December.[5] Sister cities[edit]

Chamonix, France

References[edit]

^ C’est au tour de Courmayeur
Courmayeur
de vouloir s’appeler "Mont-Blanc" ^ Porter (January 1990). Italy, 1990. Prentice Hall PTR. p. 415. ISBN 978-0-13-217357-5.  ^ Vay, David Le (4 August 2014). A Tour of Mont Blanc: And other circuitous adventures in Italy, France
France
and Switzerland. Summersdale Publishers Limited. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-78372-215-0.  ^ Belford, Ros (1 March 2010). Back Roads Italy. Dorling Kindersley Limited. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-4053-4531-6.  ^ Lucci, Gabriele (2006). Noir (in Italian). Electa. p. 343. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Courmayeur.

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Courmayeur
travel guide from Wikivoyage Official website  (in Italian) Courmayeur
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Noir in festival  (in English) (in Italian) Sci Club Courmayeur
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Monte Bianco (in Italian)

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Comuni
Comuni
of Aosta
Aosta
Valley

Allein Antey-Saint-André Aosta Arnad Arvier Avise Ayas Aymavilles Bard Bionaz Brissogne Brusson Challand-Saint-Anselme Challand-Saint-Victor Chambave Chamois Champdepraz Champorcher Charvensod Châtillon Cogne Courmayeur Donnas Doues Emarèse Etroubles Fontainemore Fénis Gaby Gignod Gressan Gressoney-La-Trinité Gressoney-Saint-Jean Hône Introd Issime Issogne Jovençan La Magdeleine La Salle La Thuile Lillianes Montjovet Morgex Nus Ollomont Oyace Perloz Pollein Pont-Saint-Martin Pontboset Pontey Pré-Saint-Didier Quart Rhêmes-Notre-Dame Rhêmes-Saint-Georges Roisan Saint-Christophe Saint-Denis Saint-Marcel Saint-Nicolas Saint-Oyen Saint-Pierre Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses Saint-Vincent Sarre Torgnon Valgrisenche Valpelline Valsavarenche Valtournenche Verrayes Verrès Villeneuve

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Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
massif

Settlements

Argentière Chamonix Champex Courmayeur La Fouly Les Houches Montroc Les Praz Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Trient

Mountains

Aiguille d'Argentière Aiguille de Bionnassay Aiguille de Blaitière Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey Aiguille du Chardonnet Aiguilles du Diable Aiguilles Dorées Aiguille du Dru Aiguille des Glaciers Aiguille du Goûter Aiguille des Grands Charmoz Aiguille des Grands Montets Aiguille du Grépon Aiguille du Jardin Aiguille du Midi Aiguille de l'A Neuve Aiguille Noire de Peuterey Aiguille du Pissoir Aiguille du Plan Aiguille de Rochefort Aiguille du Tour Aiguille de Tré la Tête Aiguille de Triolet Aiguille Verte La Breya Le Catogne Le Châtelet (Mont Blanc) Dent du Géant Dôme du Goûter Dôme de Rochefort Les Droites Le Génépi Grand Capucin Grand Darray Grand Pilier d'Angle Grande Lui Grande Pointe des Planereuses Grande Rocheuse Grandes Jorasses Mont Blanc Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
de Courmayeur Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
du Tacul Mont Brouillard Mont Dolent Mont Mallet Mont Maudit Pic Eccles Picco Luigi Amedeo Pointe Allobrogia Pointe Helbronner Pointe d'Orny Pointe des Plines Pointe Ronde Pointe Walker Le Portalet Punta Baretti Tita Neire Tour Noir Tour Ronde

Cols

Col Ferret Col des Montets

Glaciers

Argentière Bossons Mer de Glace Miage Saleina Tête Rousse Trient

Refuges

Albert Premier A Neuve Argentière Cosmiques Couvercle Durier Elisabetta Francesco Gonella Grands Mulets Leschaux Mont-Blanc Plan de l'Aiguille Quintino Sella Tête Rousse Torino Tré la Tête Trient Saleina Vallot

Mountaineers (first or major ascents)

Allain Almer Anderegg (J.) Anderegg (M.) Balmat Blanchard Blodig Boivin Bonatti Bonington Boulaz Bristow Brown Burgener Cassin Charlet Clough Cordier (H.) Cordier (P.) Couzy Croz Dent Desmaison Destivelle Długosz Eccles Eckenstein Gabarrou Ghirardini Graham Brown Güssfeldt Harlin Heckmair Hemming Hudson Kennedy King Klucker Kuffner Kukuczka Kurtyka Lachenal Lafaille Lambert MacIntyre Maund Mazeaud Messner Middlemore Moore Mummery Paccard Paradis Patey Ratti Rébuffat Rey Robbins Roch Rouse de Saussure Smythe Stephen Terray Twight Vallençant Walker Whillans Whymper Winthrop Young

Other

Arve
Arve
(river) Chemin de fer du Montenvers Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea Haute Route Marathon du Mont Blanc Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
glacier flood Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Tramway Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Tunnel Saint-Gervais–Vallorcine railway Skyway Monte Bianco Top of the Mont Blanc Tour du Mont Blanc Val d'Aosta Val Ferret Val Veny Vallée Blanche Aerial Tramway

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 124409918 GND: 4494735-5 BNF:

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