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Martigny

Martigny introduction

Martigny is the capital of the Martigny district, which is French-speaking. It is located in the canton of Valais. It sits at an elevation of about 1,500 feet, and it has a population of roughly 15,000 people. It is at an important junction of roads that join Switzerland, France, and Italy. There is one passage that links it over the Great St. Bernard Pass to Italy, and there is another pass that links it to France. In the wintertime, Martigny is visited because of its several close-by ski reports, such as Verbier.

Geography

Martigny sits at an elevation of about 1,500 feet, and it is about 21 miles to the southeast of Montreaux. It is on the Rhone Valley’s eastern edge, and it is at the base of the Swiss Alps. It is situated at the site where the Rhone makes a 90-degree turn northward and flows into Lake Geneva. The Dranse Rivers flows down from the Alps of Valais and down into the Rhone.

Martigny has a total area, at least when it was measured in 2011, of about 10 square miles. Out of this total area, about 32% is put to use for agriculture, while 40% is covered in forest. Out of the remainder of the land, 23% is settled (roads or buildings), and about 5% is unproductive land.

The current municipality was formed with the merger of Martigny-Bourg and Martigny-Ville.

Demographics

The municipality has a population of roughly 17,000. When it was measured in 2008, about 30% of the population was nationals from foreign countries. Over the last decade, the population has changed at about a 13% rate.

The majority of the population is French-speaking (about 85%), and Portuguese is the 2nd most commonly spoken language (about 4%). Italian is the 3rd most commonly spoken language (about 4%). There are a little over 200 people who speak German, and there are roughly ten people who speak Romansh.

When it was measured in 2008, the gender distribution of the population was roughly 51% female and 49% male.

Swiss Heritage Sites Of National Significance

There are a number of Swiss heritage sites of national significance in Martigny, including the Roman era city, three museums, and the whole town of Martigny-Bourg and Martigny-Ville.

The Romans left a lot of archaeological remains at Martigny. The city is well known for its amphitheater, which was redone in the late 1970s. 

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