Chamonix

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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Coordinates: 45°55′23″N 6°52′11″E / 45.9230555556°N 6.86972222222°E / 45.9230555556; 6.86972222222


Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or, more commonly, Chamonix (French pronunciation: [ʃamɔni]) is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. The commune's population of around 9,800 ranks 865th within the nation of France.[1]

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix shares both the summit of Mont Blanc and the title of highest commune in France with its neighboring commune, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. The commune is well known and loved by skiers and by mountain enthusiasts of all types. Mont Blanc, at a height of 4,810 metres, is the third most visited natural site in the world.[2] This lends the area a notably cosmopolitan atmosphere. With an area of 245 square kilometres, Chamonix is the fourth largest commune in mainland France.

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