Monte San Giorgio

Monte San Giorgio

Monte San Giorgio, shown on the left in the background of Lake Lugano
Highest point
Elevation 1,097 m (3,599 ft)
Prominence 758 m (2,487 ft)[1]
Coordinates 45°54′49″N 8°56′59″E / 45.91361°N 8.94972°E / 45.91361; 8.94972Coordinates: 45°54′49″N 8°56′59″E / 45.91361°N 8.94972°E / 45.91361; 8.94972
Monte San Giorgio

Location in Switzerland

Location Ticino, Switzerland
Parent range Lugano Prealps
Topo map Swisstopo 1373 Mendrisio
Easiest route Trail
Official name Monte San Giorgio
Type Natural
Criteria viii
Designated 2003 (27th session)
Reference no. 1090
State Party Switzerland-Italy
Region Europe and North America
Extensions 2010

Monte San Giorgio is a wooded mountain (1,097 m above sea level) of the Lugano Prealps, overlooking Lake Lugano in Switzerland. It lies in the southern part of the canton of Ticino, between the municipalities of Brusino Arsizio, Riva San Vitale and Meride. Monte San Giorgio became a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2003, because it "is the single best known record of marine life in the Triassic period, and records important remains of life on land as well."[2] The Italian region west of Poncione d'Arzo (Porto Ceresio) was added as an extension to the World Heritage Site in 2010.

In Meride is the Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio, designed by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta.

Notes and references

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