Seven hills of Seattle

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The seven hills of Seattle is an unofficial designation[1][2] of several hills that historians claim the city of Seattle was built on and around.[3] The name comes from the similar tradition in several other cities, most notably Rome and Constantinople.

The seven hills[edit]

There is no firm consensus on precisely which hills constitute the seven hills of Seattle. Walt Crowley considered the following the "main candidates" to be:[3]

The hills above were associated with seven boulders in the City of Seattle's Seven Hills Park.[6][7]

Other hills sometimes said to be among the "seven hills of Seattle" include:

Seattle-Bergen sister city "seven hills" walk[edit]

The Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association (Sister Cities International) sponsors an annual "Seven Hills of Seattle" walk.[10][11][12] Seattle's sister city, Bergen, Norway, is known as the City of Seven Mountains.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ City of Seattle 2011 press release: "Seating walls on the plaza highlight the seven hills of Seattle and orient the viewer to the highest points of our city."
  2. ^ Nelson 1990: "We can only imagine how Chief Sealth would view his Duwamish homeland today-the seven hills of Seattle bulldozed to fill tidelands where his people once gathered food..."
  3. ^ a b Crowley 2003
  4. ^ also noted as one of the seven hills by Williams 1989
  5. ^ also noted as one of the seven hills by Johnston 2008
  6. ^ Seattle Parks and Recreation, 2010
  7. ^ Seattle Times 2009
  8. ^ a b Wilma 2005
  9. ^ Ferriss 1953: "the 'floating bridge' leading over Lake Washington to the unique city portal that pierces Mt. Baker, one of the 'seven hills of Seattle'"
  10. ^ Seattle Times 2011
  11. ^ Norwegian American Weekly 2009
  12. ^ Seattle Parks and Recreation 2013
  13. ^ Seattle International Sister City: Bergen, Norway, Seattle Office of Intergovernmental Relations, retrieved 2013-10-24