Col de Tende

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Col de Tende
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Switchbacks on the pass road
Elevation 1,870 m (6,135 ft)
Traversed by road
Location Alpes-Maritimes / Province of Cuneo
Range Maritime Alps, Ligurian Alps
Coordinates 44°8′57″N 7°33′43″E / 44.14917°N 7.56194°E / 44.14917; 7.56194Coordinates: 44°8′57″N 7°33′43″E / 44.14917°N 7.56194°E / 44.14917; 7.56194
Col de Tende is located in Alps
Col de Tende
Col de Tende
Location of Col de Tende

Col de Tende (Italian: Colle di Tenda; elevation 1870 m) is a high mountain pass in the Alps, near the border of France and Italy, even thought the entire pass summit is in France.

It separates the Maritime Alps from the Ligurian Alps. It connects Nice and Tende in Alpes-Maritimes with Cuneo in Piedmont.

A railway tunnel inaugurated in 1898 and a Road Tunnel inaugurated in 1882 run under the pass. The latter tunnel is 3.2 kilometre long and is among the oldest long road tunnels.

French historian François Guizot states that the road was first developed by Phoenicians and later maintained by Greeks and Romans.[1]

But, at the end of three or four centuries, these colonies fell into decay; the trade of the Phoenicians was withdrawn from Gaul, and the only important sign it preserved of their residence was a road which, starting from the eastern Pyrenees, skirted the Gallic portion of the Mediterranean, crossed the Alps by the pass of Tenda, and so united Spain, Gaul, and Italy. After the withdrawal of the Phoenicians this road was kept up and repaired, at first by the Greeks of Marseilles, and subsequently by the Romans.

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  1. ^ A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times, Volume I.

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