Fengari

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Fengari
Σάος
Samothraki - Kamariotissa - 2007.JPG
Highest point
Elevation1,611 m (5,285 ft) [1]
Prominence1,611 m (5,285 ft) [1]
ListingUltra
Coordinates40°27′29.45″N 25°33′31.66″E / 40.4581806°N 25.5587944°E / 40.4581806; 25.5587944Coordinates: 40°27′29.45″N 25°33′31.66″E / 40.4581806°N 25.5587944°E / 40.4581806; 25.5587944
Naming
English translationMoon
Language of namegreek
Geography
Fengari is located in Greece
Fengari
Fengari
Location in Greece
LocationSamothrace, Greece
Climbing
Easiest routeHiking

Fengari, also known as Saos (Greek: Σάος or Φεγγάρι) is the tallest mountain in the Aegean island of Samothrace, Greece, with an elevation of 1,611 metres (5,285 ft).

Etymology[edit]

The previous name of the mountain, Sàos, which means safe is still used in some maps. The current common name, though, is Fengari or Fenghári and it means moon.

According to a local legend, anyone who stands at the top of the mountain during the night of a full moon will see something that they wish for coming true. [2]

History[edit]

During classical antiquity, this mountain was very useful for sailors' navigation, due to its relative height and prominence.[3] In legend, Poseidon watched the Trojan War from the peak.[4]

Access to the summit[edit]

The easiest way to access the summit of Fengari is via the northern side of the mountain. During the summer, this area can contain considerable cloud and mist.[5] On clear days, though, the view from this area includes a large part of the northern Aegean Sea and stretches from the Troad in the East to Mount Athos in the West.[6]

Environment[edit]

Due its height and the diversity of its climate, many very interesting and rare plant species can be found on Fengari. On its cliffs and gorges, for example, polygonum icaricum can be found: this only grows in Samothrace and in Icaria. Several subspecies of potentilla montana also grow near the top of the mountain. In addition, the mountain contains a very rich and diverse variety of bird life.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Europe ultra-prominence". peaklist.org. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  2. ^ Lance Chilton; Marc Dubin; Mark Ellingham (2004). The Rough Guide to the Greek Islands. Rough Guides. p. 443. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  3. ^ Giovanni Uggeri; et al. (2007). Paolo di Tarso: Archeologia - Storia - Ricezione (in Italian). Effatà Editrice. p. 250. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  4. ^ "Mount Fengari".
  5. ^ Mount Fengari. mountainsgreece.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  6. ^ Dana Facaros; Michael Pauls (2007). The Greek Islands. New Holland. p. 598. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  7. ^ Bob Gibbons (2003). Greece. Oxford University Press. p. 127. Retrieved 2016-01-04.

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