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Martigny (German: Martinach, Latin: Octodurum) is a small town in Valais canton in Switzerland. Located at the confluence of the Drance with the Rhône, it covers 25 sq km (9.7 sq mi) and has a population of 16,000 (2011 estimate).

Located close to the international border, Martigny is linked to Italy over the Great St Bernard Pass, and to France over the col de la Forclaz. It is today a popular Alpine ski resort in winter.

Martigny began as a settlement during Celtic period. When the Romans took over the area around AD 15, they built their amphitheatre, temples and other infrastructure, many of which have been restored and preserved. The town was called Octodorus during that time. There are a number of Roman ruins that you can visit in Martigny today.

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Visiting Martigny

You can reach Martigny by taking a train from Geneva.

Château de la Bâtiaz, MartignyChâteau de la Bâtiaz, Martigny
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Sights & Attractions in Martigny

  1. Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Compassion
    Town cathedral dating to 1620.
  2. Château de la Bâtiaz
    13th century fortress on a promontory. This is the most prominent landmark of Martigny.
  3. Fondation Pierre Gianadda
    Museum on the site of the Roman ruins. It includes the Musée Archéologique Gallo-Romain
  4. Maison Supersaxo
    16th century building in Martigny's old district.
  5. St-Maurice
    A small town 15 km (9 mi) to the north of Martigny with the Abbey of Saint-Maurice, the oldest surviving abbey north of the Alps built in AD 515.

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