Hospice du Grand-Saint-Bernard

The hospice of St-Bernard has been hosting travellers and pilgrims for almost 1,000 years. It sits at an altitude of almost 2,500m and on the border with Italy (the first photo is of the hospice seen from the Italian side of the lake).
The road to the pass is closed from October to June and, during these months, is only accessible on skis and snowshoes. Still, over 11,000 people stay overnight every year.

Initially, it was built to give shelter to people braving the cold, avalanches and thieves. Nowadays, in summer, most people get there by car.

It is really a special place and we are glad to have stayed there.

L’hospice du Gd St-Bernard accueille les voyageurs et pèlerins depuis près de 1000 ans. Il est situé à près de 2500m d’altitude à la frontière avec l’Italie (la première photo montre l’hospice depuis la rive italienne du lac).. La route du col est fermée d’octobre à juin et, durant ces mois, le lieu n’est accessible qu’en ski de rando ou raquettes. 11 000 personnes y passent la nuit chaque année.

Originellement bâti pour abriter les voyageurs bravant le froid, les avalanches et les brigands, la plupart des voyageurs y arrivent maintenant en voiture.

C’est vraiment un endroit spécial et nous sommes heureux d’y être restés.

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