National Geographic : 1936 Aug
© National Geographic Society Autochrome Lumiere by Bernard F.Rogers, Jr. GRUYERES RIDES ITS HILL LIKE A PHANTOM SHIP BREASTING A GREAT GREEN WAVE High mountains that nearly surround the little town served as a barrier to invaders and now isolate the district, preserving traditions, customs, and the French dialect. Overhanging balconies and galleries of the houses served for defense and as lookout posts, rather than as vantage points toview the lovely valley below. Pathways leading up, from the center of the picture and from the right edge, meet atthe walled entrance. Three ofthe tall peaks, or "teeth," that tower above Gruyeres show here-Dent de Broc (left), Dent du Chamois (center), and flat-topped Dent duBourgoz (right).