Aiguille du Midi, France

2 comments

Advertisement

The Aiguille du Midi is a 3,842 meter tall mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. The name "Aiguille du Midi" translates literally to "Needle of the Noon" or "Needle of the Mid-day". The mountain gets its name from the fact that it lies to the south when viewed from in front of the church in Chamonix.

A cable car runs to the summit where there is a viewing platform, a café and a gift shop. The cable car was built in 1955 and held the title of the world's highest cable car for about two decades. It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1,035 m to 3842 m.

aiguille_du_midi_122

Photo credit

The Aiguille du Midi lift was first thought of by two Swiss engineers in 1905. Their plan was to link the hamlet of Les Pelerins with the summit of l'Aiguille du Midi. The project met technical problems and was abandoned. Four years later a French company, Funicular Railways, made a new attempt and the first section Les Pelerins - La Para was opened in 1924.

The second section La Para - Les Glaciers was completed three years later. It was then the highest cable car in the world. With the outbreak of the WWII and the opening of the Planpraz to Brevent cable car, the popularity of the Aiguille du Midi diminished and it was closed in 1951. An Italian engineer Count Dino Lora Totino was called in to rebuild and extend the cable car. Four years and a lot of hard work later, the new Aiguille du Midi cable car was finally completed. It was entirely renovated in 1991.

aiguille-du-midi-1

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-4

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-5

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-6

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-7

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-13

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-8

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-16

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-9

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-10

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-11

Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-14

View from Aiguille du Midi. Photo credit

aiguille-du-midi-15

View from Aiguille du Midi. Photo credit

Subscribe to our Newsletter and get articles like this delieverd straight to your inbox

2 comments:

  1. Although, it is true that midi is usually used in french for noon, the correct translation is here needle of the south, sine midi also means south in french. Just a comment from a french reader on this planet:-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. the world’s longest and highest cable car http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20121105-venezuelas-andean-playground

    ReplyDelete

Amusing Planet appreciates your comments, except when they are SPAM. Such comments will be deleted immediately before they appear on this page. Spamming is futile, so please avoid.

To ensure that this page is free of spam, all comments are moderated, so it may take a while for your comments to appear.