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Aigle

Aigle Introduction

Aigle is the capital of a district of the same name in the Vaud Canton in the country of Switzerland. The village has nearly 10,000 people living there. 

The French translation of the name is “eagle”.

Geography

Aigle rests at an elevation of nearly 1,400 feet about eight miles to the south of Montreux. Montreux is located in the Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut district, and it is a municipality in the Vaud canton in Switzerland. It is situated on Lake Geneva at the base of the Alps, and it has a population of over 25,000. Aigle rests on the eastern edge of the valley of Rhone, at the base of the Swiss Alps.

The area of the town is roughly six square miles. Out of this area, roughly two square miles or 34% is put to use for agricultural activities, and 2.37 square miles (or roughly 37%) is covered in forest. Of the remainder of the land, 1.6 square miles (or roughly 26%) is settled (roads or buildings). There is a  minute portion of .17 square miles (or 2.7% of the land) is either lakes or rivers. There is an even smaller amount of land (25 acres) or .6% that is land that is designed as ‘unproductive’.

Of the area that is built up, industrial structures make up about 5% of the whole area, and buildings and housing make up about 6.6% and infrastructure for transportation puroses makes up about 9%. Water and power infrastructure, as well as other areas that are specially developed make up 1.5% of the area, and sports fields, green belts, and parks make up about 3.4% of the area. Out of the land covered in forest, all of it is very densely forested. Out of the land used for agricultural purposes, nearly 22% is put to use for crops and 2.4% is for pastures, and 10% is put to use for vine crops and orchards. Of the water in the area, .6% is in lakes and a little over 2% is in streams and rivers.

Aigle includes the towns of Fontanney,Vers Pousaz, and Le Cloitre. The municipalities that surround it are Ollon, Ormont-Dessous, Leysin, and Yvorne in the Vaud canton, and Collombey-Muraz and Vouvry in the Valais canton.

Swiss Heritage Sites Of National Significance

Aigle Castle, the Swiss Reformed Church, and the De la Dime House are all important sites to see while you’re visiting the area. They are listed as heritage sites of national significance.

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