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Mattmark Dam 2

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The natural Mattmark dam is situated on the edge of Saas Valley, Switzerland, 2197m above sea level, has a volume of 100m m3, its waters are natural catchment resulting from melting glaciers. The lake is 3.2 km in compliance with its beautiful blue waters, and we can walk around it in about 2.5 h.

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A: Mattmark Reservoir in the Saas Valley 3

by Fritz Hanke, 300 meters away

We hiked from the Mattmark dam (2'200 M) down to Saas Almagell on a nice summer day.Here a view back ...

Mattmark Reservoir in the Saas Valley 3

B: Mattmark Reservoir in the Saas Valley 2

by Fritz Hanke, 320 meters away

The Earth dam, which retains the water of the Mattmark lake was built between 1960 and 1965.In 1965 p...

Mattmark Reservoir in the Saas Valley 2

C: Mattmark Dam 1

by Isabel Marques, 560 meters away

The natural Mattmark dam located in Saas Valley near the village of Saas Almagell, Switzerland, 2197m...

Mattmark Dam 1

D: Mattmark Reservoir in the Saas Valley 1

by Fritz Hanke, 680 meters away

The Earth dam, which retains the water of the Mattmark lake was built between 1960 and 1965.In 1965 p...

Mattmark Reservoir in the Saas Valley 1

E: Mattmark Reservoir

by Rolf Ris, 770 meters away

Mattmark Reservoir

F: Road up to the Mattmark Reservoir

by Fritz Hanke, 930 meters away

We hiked from the Mattmark dam (2'200 M) down to Saas Almagell on a nice summer day.Here the hiking t...

Road up to the Mattmark Reservoir

G: Postauto drives down to Saas Grund to pick up hikers

by Fritz Hanke, 970 meters away

We hiked from the Mattmark dam (2'200 M) down to Saas Almagell on a nice summer day.On our way down w...

Postauto drives down to Saas Grund to pick up hikers

H: At the Eien Alp in the famous Saas Valley

by Fritz Hanke, 1.9 km away

We hiked from the Mattmark dam (2'200 M) down to Saas Almagell on a nice summer day.Here we are on th...

At the Eien Alp in the famous Saas Valley

I: Flowers at the Eien Alp in the wonderful Saas Valley

by Fritz Hanke, 2.0 km away

We hiked from the Mattmark dam (2'200 M) down to Saas Almagell on a nice summer day.Here at the Eien ...

Flowers at the Eien Alp in the wonderful Saas Valley

J: Hiking Trail Mattmark Dam down to Saas Almagell

by Fritz Hanke, 2.8 km away

We hiked from the Mattmark dam (2'200 M) down to Saas Almagell on a nice summer day.Here a wonderful ...

Hiking Trail Mattmark Dam down to Saas Almagell

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Italy

This is an overview of Italy

The name "Italy" is shrouded in mystery; some etymologists trace it to a Greek word meaning "the land of young cattle."

Italy was fond of Jupiter and Mars from the very start, Jupiter for fatherly good luck and Mars for war!

But it all began with Rome. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were sons of Rhea and Mars.

The twins were abandoned at birth out of a fear that they would grow up and later overthrow Amelius, usurper of their grandfather's rightful throne.

Wrongful mis-doings most foul! Treachery and sabotage!! HOW would these two blessed infants make their way in such a world?

As it turns out, the twins didn't have to make their way very far, because one of them killed the other one and then they weren't twins anymore. But that happens later.

First they got rescued by a she-wolf who suckled them with her milk and raised them as her own until they were discovered by the shepherd Faustulus.

Faustulus fed them meat and bread and also raised them as his own until they were old enough to return to Amelius and hack him up as planned. They reinstated the grandfather Numitor to his rightful throne and went off to celebrate by starting a town of their own.

They chose a hilly area where the mama wolf had saved them from certain death in the barren wilderness and began scouting locations.

Romulus liked one hill. Remus liked another. The circle of crows like Romulus' hill, so Romulus killed Remus and named the town after himself. Thus Rome was born and Italy with it.

Text by Steve Smith.

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