L'alpe N.97 ; Le Rhône, Une Civilisation Fleuve
From the Rhone glacier to the Camargue, the history of a giant, from its development to its renaturation. More than a river, a civilization.
Sold by Musée des Confluences
The Alps, Europe's water tower! Three of the great European rivers have their source here: the Po, the Rhine and... the Rhône, which runs for 812 km (one third in Switzerland, two thirds in France). Since ancient times, the Rhône has been an essential transportation route between the Mediterranean and the northern part of the Roman Empire. Over the centuries, on its banks, the boatmen will weave their own culture, with their know-how, their beliefs, their own language. For a long time feared for its violent floods, the Rhone was in turn corrected, developed, forgotten and then recovered. Used for transportation, hydroelectricity and irrigation, it has been the subject of ecological restoration campaigns for nearly thirty years, aiming to make it "lively and current" again.