Mount of Temptation

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Mt. of Temptation. 1910

The Mount of Temptation is said to be the hill in the Judaean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8). The exact location is unknown and impossible to determine. It is generally identified with Mount Quarantania, a mountain approximately 366 metres (1,201 ft) high, located about 11 km (6.8 mi) northwest of the West Bank town of Jericho. According to the public domain Catholic Encyclopedia, Quarantania is "a limestone peak on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho".

Old postcard

It is mentioned in a poem of the Temptation event by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.[1]

Atop the mount is the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Temptation or "Qarantal". Above Qarantal, on top of the cliff, is a wall that sits on the ruins of the Hasmonean (later Herodian) fortress, Dok – Dagon.

In 1998, a 1,300 metres (4,300 ft)-long cable car was built from Jericho's Tel Sultan to the level of the monastery by an Austrian-Swiss company as an tourist attraction for the year 2000.[2]


  1. ^ See Christus: A Mystery (I:1:2 Mount Quarantania)
  2. ^ Jericho cable car

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "article name needed". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons. 

Coordinates: 31°52′26″N 35°25′53″E / 31.87389°N 35.43139°E / 31.87389; 35.43139