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Bard, Valle d'Aosta

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Comune di Bard
Commune de Bard
Bard an Hône (separatit bi the A5 motorwey) seen frae Fort Bard.
Bard an Hône (separatit bi the A5 motorwey) seen frae Fort Bard.
Coat of airms o Bard
Coat airms
Bard is located in Italy
Location o Bard in Italy
Coordinates: 45°36′32.19″N 7°44′43.69″E / 45.6089417°N 7.7454694°E / 45.6089417; 7.7454694
RegionValle d'Aosta
FrazioniIssert, Crous, Albard, Valsourdaz
 • Total3 km2 (1 sq mi)
400 m (1,300 ft)
 • Total134
 • Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Diallin code0125
Patron sauntAssumption o Mary
Saunt day15 August
WebsiteOffeecial wabsteid

Bard (pron. bar) is a toun an comune in the Valle d'Aosta region o northwastren Italy. It is pairt o the Mont-Rose Muntain Commonty[1] an haes a population o 134.[2]

Fort Bard (Italian: Forte di Bard - French: Fort de Bard) is a fortifeed complex biggit in the 19t century bi the Hoose o Savoy on a rocky prominence abuin the toun. Efter mony years o neglect, it haes been completely restored. In 2006 It reopened tae tourists as the hame for the Museum o the Alps. The fort haes airt exhibitions an aw. In the simmer, the main courtyard is uised tae host muisical an theatrical performances.


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Bard lies athin a steep-sidit gorge athin the Valle d'Aosta.

Bard lees at the centre o a deep, narrae gorge at the heid o the Aosta glen. This strategic pynt haes been inhabitit syne the Neolithic period as airchaeologists hae foond several muckle engravit stanes aroond the aurie. It later became a major route atween Celtic Gaul an the Roman warld o the Italian peninsula.

The day the toun haes mony biggins datin back tae the 16t century. Thir include the Bishop's House an the House of the Sun Dial. The Dora Baltea is crossed bi a Medieval stane brig an aw.

Fort Bard, which protects the pass, is biggit on the steid o mony earlier fortifications. In Mey 1800, it halted an entire French airmy launching a surprise attack on Northren Italy. It eventually fell tae the diveesion o French General Joseph Chabran on 1 Juin 1800.


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Bard is locatit at the narraeest pynt o the Valle d'Aosta. At this pynt, the Dora Baltea maks a shairp turn aroond the muckle rock promontory on which Fort Bard is locatit. The steep glen sides means the veelage is full o smaw streets that are bordered wi historic stane biggins.

The climate is mild for maist o the year. The winter is cauld but generally dry.


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Bard is teepical o the aurie, wi agricultur, handicraft an tourism bein the major industries.

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  1. Mont-Rose Mountain Community official webpage.
  2. "Dato Istat all'1/1/2007". Archived frae the original on 23 Juin 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.

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