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The barrage of Roselend (Savoie department)

At 1,968 m of altitude, the “Cormet de Roselend” is located between the Beaufortain massif and the Mont-Blanc massif in the Savoie department (Rhône-Alpes region).

The Tour de France went through the Cormet de Roselend 10 times, thus making it a famous tourist spot. It is classified as “1st category”, which means it is a very difficult climb for the riders.

The barrage of Roselend is 800 m long and 150 m high and can contain up to 185 million m³ of water. It is considered to be the most beautiful barrage in Savoie.

Its construction started in 1955 and was completed in 1962. One village was swallowed up but the inhabitants of the valley didn’t oppose to the project and chose to negociate. They received compensations by EDF (Electricity of France).

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