St Gotthard Pass
St. Gotthard Pass Overview
The St. Gotthard Pass, sometimes called the Gotthard Pass, is a very tall mountain pass in the country of Switzerland, between Goschenen in the Uri Canton and Airolo in the Ticino Canton, and it connects the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland with the German-speaking area of it, on the route towards Milan. It is at an elevation of about 6,900 feet. It is located in the Lepontine Alps. It is specifically located in Ticino, Switzerland.
Even though the pass has been known locally for a very long time, it wasn’t often used until the early 1200s because it necessitated fording over the Reuss, which was very turbulent. It was swollen over with melted snow in the summertime. It was dedicated to a saint in 1236.
The St. Gotthard Pass links the cantons of Ticino (south) and Uri (north). The pass is actually situated in the Ticino canton, about two miles to the south of the border with Uri, in between the massifs of Pizzo Centrale (east) and Pizzo Lucendro (west). The pass is located on the most significant route between central Switzerland and the southern canton of Ticino. It connects the canton of Ticino to most of the northern area of the country as well. It is a direct link between Lugano and Zurich and also between some parts of Italy and Germany. The closest tows are Hopsental (about seven miles to the north) close to Andermatt and A/irolo (about four miles to the south), in the valleys of Leventina and Urseren. The area of Andermatt is at the base of the Oberalp and Furka passes which connect the Rhine and Rhone valleys, making the Gotthard area an important place for the military and transports.
There have been several international artists that have been taken aback by the majesty and sheer beauty of the pass, and who have painted the dramatic scenery of the St. Gotthard Pass, as well the Teufelsbrucke and Schollenen Gorge.
Tunnels Through The Pass
There are many tunnels that offer access through the pass. The Gotthard Rail Tunnel was the first tunnel, and it opened in the late 1800s for train traffic at a cost of a couple hundred lives to the workers. It would take the place of the pass road, connecting Airolo with Goschenen.
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