UNESCO World Heritage

Monte San Giorgio

A sea of memories

Monte San Giorgio rises up between the southern arms of Lake Lugano. Besides the magnificent view of the lake landscape, the 1,097-metre high mountain provides a window to prehistoric times. 240-million-year-old fossils can be found within it. Where there was once a sea basin with different reptiles, fish and plants, Monte San Giorgio formed along with the development of the Alps. Perfectly maintained fossils have been found and investigated here for 150 years. The region is one of the best testimonials to sea life from the Triassic period. The Fossil Museum in Meride, which has been renovated by the architect Mario Botta, ensures insights into this long extinct world.

Factsheet
Date of Inscription

2003 (2010 extension)

Criteria of Inscription

viii

Category

Natural Heritage
Transnational property

Region

Switzerland: Ticino

Other Countries: Italy

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Visitor centre
Monte San Giorgio
On four floors, the great diversity of creatures that populated the sea and its coast in southern Ticino between 247 and 237 million years ago is presented. Thanks ...
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Hikes
Monte San Giorgio
Immerse yourself in the incredible thrill of a lost world, dating back more than 200 million years. Then explore the geo-paleontological path at the UNESCO World ...
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Hikes
Monte San Giorgio
Monte San Giorgio is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the fossil finds from the Triassic Period. These are on exhibit in the museum of Meride. Other highlights: ...
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Route
Monte San Giorgio
A special itinerary dedicated to all those who, despite a motor disability, want to return to outdoor recreation, to practice a sport. Starting from Hotel Serpiano, ...
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Attraction
Monte San Giorgio
Workshop A journey through stone processing. The regeneration and restoration of the original production site have enabled the Patriziato di Arzo to develop the ...
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Point of interest
Monte San Giorgio
In April 2019 the Terrace of the Val Mara has been inaugurated. It is a sort of classroom in the woods for a mixed audience of adults and young people ...
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Monte San Giorgio
Criterion (viii): Monte San Giorgio is the single best-known record of marine life in the Triassic period and records important remains of life on land as well. ...
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Our heritage
Monte San Giorgio
What is your role of the museum this UNESCO World Heritage site The Museum of Fossils of Meride, in which you can admire numerous fossils belonging to the living ...
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Monte San Giorgio
History The finds at Monte San Giorgio provide clues about the origin of these organism. Tracing their development back, we reach their primal forms, which can ...
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Monte San Giorgio
A short film by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO
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Monte San Giorgio today Geological setting The topography of Monte San Giorgio was created at the same time as the surrounding Alps, when, 95 millions years ...
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