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The Matterhorn

Thanks to its shape and its free-standing position, the Matterhorn is considered to be the epitome of a mountain. There is no better-known mountain in the world whose natural shape is so close to a pyramid. 100 million years ago, enormous forces brought Africa closer to Europe. 50 million years later, as the rock masses folded and deformed, the Matterhorn was born from the rock thrusting upwards.The Matterhorn is first mentioned in medieval documents as “Mons Silvus”. The name later mutated into “Mons Servinus” and “Mons Servin”, and finally became “Cervin” in French and “Cervino” in Italian. The Matterhorn was first referred to in writing as “Mont Cervin” in 1581, and later also as “Monte Silvio” and “Monte Servino”. The German name “Matterhorn” first appears in the year 1682. The name is probably derived from “Matte”, meaning meadow, referring to the grassy extended valley under the Gorner gorge, which has now been almost completely covered by the village of Zermatt (“zur Matt”). The mountain is also known by the locals as “ds Hore” (“the peak”, in Zermatt dialect) or “ds Horu” (in Upper Valais dialect).

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Milan Vogrin09-Jul-2016 08:42
Great pov! V
Sam Rua08-Jul-2016 21:40
Nice framing. Well seen, Jose.
janescottcumming08-Jul-2016 14:37
This is so beautiful. V
Dennis Hoyne08-Jul-2016 02:15
Wow! A neatly framed image of the peak. V.
Irene Wehrli07-Jul-2016 20:42
Nicely framed Matterhorn!
Hennie & Lies Lammers07-Jul-2016 15:46
Superbe image! V
Giancarlo Guzzardi07-Jul-2016 15:26
Superbly composed
Bobby M07-Jul-2016 13:32
Very well seen,framed and captured.V
Mary Hamilton07-Jul-2016 13:25
Excellent image of this famous mountain.
Jim Coffman07-Jul-2016 12:35
Perfectly framed and captured!!
Kuriacose Joseph07-Jul-2016 12:17
Must be very cool up there even at this time of year.
Patrick Goossens07-Jul-2016 10:27
A most wonderful framing for the Matterhorn.
Graeme07-Jul-2016 09:05
A wonderful frame from the tree, Jose.V
Yvonne07-Jul-2016 08:10
Nicely framed... v
Juliette07-Jul-2016 07:23
I love this look through the branches V
Johnnie Rogers 07-Jul-2016 06:41
Clever use of natural framing this awesome mountain ~v~
Gerard Koehl07-Jul-2016 06:01
Splendide. V
JSB PHOTOGRAPHS07-Jul-2016 05:32
Awesome, love that view. V
Stefano Dei07-Jul-2016 04:18
Spectacular compo Jose! V
Helen Betts07-Jul-2016 03:36
Such lovely framing for this beautiful view. V.
Julie Oldfield07-Jul-2016 03:32
Superbly framed. V
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