Place:Gland, Vaud, Switzerland

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NameGland
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates46.433°N 6.267°E
Located inVaud, Switzerland
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Gland is a municipality in the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.

History

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Gland is known to have been a prehistoric settlement. During the Roman period a farm called Villa Glanis was there. Until the 1960s, Gland was merely a small farming village (essentially vineyards and cattle).

Gland is first mentioned around 994 -1049 as de Glans.[1]

In the 1930s, the Toblerone line, a defensive line, was built along the western edge of Gland, stretching from Lac Léman towards the Jura mountains. Its purpose was to stop a tank invasion from the west.

The opening of the highway linking Geneva with Lausanne brought many commuters to this once-quiet place. It is only since the mid-1980s that Gland has started to grow into a town with its own businesses and shopping centers.

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