Monte San Giorgio

Monte San Giorgio is a wooded mountain (1,097 m above sea level) of the Lugano Prealps, overlooking Lake Lugano in Switzerland. It lies in the southern part of the canton of Ticino, between the municipalities of Brusino Arsizio, Riva San Vitale and Meride. Monte San Giorgio became a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2003, because it "is the single best known record of marine life in the Middle Triassic period, and records important remains of life on land as well."[2] The Italian region west of Poncione d'Arzo (Porto Ceresio) was added as an extension to the World Heritage Site in 2010.

Monte San Giorgio
Monte San Giorgio, shown on the left in the background of Lake Lugano
Highest point
Elevation1,097 m (3,599 ft)
Prominence758 m (2,487 ft)[1]
Isolation3.38 kilometres (2.10 mi)
Coordinates45°54′49″N 8°56′59″E
Monte San Giorgio
Location in Switzerland
LocationTicino, Switzerland
Parent rangeLugano Prealps
Topo mapSwisstopo 1373 Mendrisio
Easiest routeTrail
Official nameMonte San Giorgio
Designated2003 (27th session)
Reference no.1090
State PartySwitzerland-Italy
RegionEurope and North America

In Meride is the Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio, designed by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta.

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