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Monte Rosa 4'634 m
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The Monte Rosa Massif is located in the eastern part of the Pennine Alps (Walliser Alpen).

Monte Rosa lies in the municipality of Zermatt (Switzerland), on the south-eastern side of the Swiss canton of Valais and near to the village of Macugnaga (Italy).

Monte Rosa with its highest Point, the Dufourspitze 4'634 m is the highest peak of Switzerland and the second highest mountain in the European Alps. The highest Italian peak of the Monte Rosa massif is known as Grenzgipfel 4'618 m.

First Accent:

Dufourspitze: 1.8.1955 by Charles Hudson John Birkbeck Christopher Smyth James Smyth Edward Stephenson Ulrich Lauener Matthäus Zumtaugwald Johannes Zumtaugwald.


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Switzerland 1937, General Guillaume-Henri Dufour.

The highest peak of Monte Rosa, the Dufourspitze was named after General Guillaume-Henri Dufour (1787 - 1875), the head of the survey, that first fixed instrumentally the positions of several Monte Rosa peaks.

Italy 1993, Margherita hut on Punta Gnifetti (Signalkuppe) 4'559 metres and the Monte Rosa peaks Dufourspitze (4'634 m), Zumsteinspitze (4'634 m) and the Ridge of Nordend (4'639 m). The Margherita hut is named after Margherita of Savoy.

((Margherita Maria Teresa Giovanna (20.11.1851 – 4.1.1926) was the Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy during the reign (1878–1900) of her husband.))

In the background there are shown several other famous Swiss Mountain peaks of the Pennine Alps (Walliser Alpen).
Dent Blanche (4'357 m), Obergabelhorn (4'063 m), Wellenkuppe (3'903 m) and Zinal Rothorn (4'221 m).

Switzerlandrailway miniaturesheet issued by Niger 1997

Niger 1997, 150th Anniversary of Railways in Switzerland.
The illustration is showing the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa massif, Liskamm (Switzerland) and other peaks of the Pennine Alps in the background, seen from the Zermatt area (Switzerland).

Crocodile locomotive (Gotthard Railway), RE460 locomotive (Swiss Federal Railway)
Fleche Rouge Railcar, Spanisch Brötli Bahn

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Italy 2002, Monte Rosa massif in the background.
World Kayaking Championship, Valsesia.

Monte Rosa stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli issue Republic of Guinea 2013

Republic of Guinea 2013, Henry Dunant.
The background shows the Monte Rosa massif.
It is a view from the area near the summit of Mt. Alphubel. The rocky ridge (below the face value 15000) is the Dufourspitze, known as the highest point of Switzerland. But this ridge has more than one named summit, the Dufourspitze (4'634 m) and the two metres lower Dunantspitze (4'632 m, formerly known as Ostspitze). The Ostspitze was renamed in Dunantspitze at October 6th 2014 in honour of Henry Dunant (1828 - 1910), the Swiss founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863.

The stamp was issued in the series
"Henry Dunant – Founder of the International Red Cross".



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