Jôf di Montasio

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Jôf di Montasio
Montasch Julier 20022007 01.jpg
View from Dogna
Elevation 2,752 m (9,029 ft)[1]
Prominence 1,596 m (5,236 ft)[1]
Listing Ultra
Jôf di Montasio is located in Alps
Jôf di Montasio
Jôf di Montasio
Location in the Alps
Location Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Range Julian Alps
Coordinates 46°26′18″N 13°26′02″E / 46.43833°N 13.43389°E / 46.43833; 13.43389Coordinates: 46°26′18″N 13°26′02″E / 46.43833°N 13.43389°E / 46.43833; 13.43389[1]
First ascent 18 August 1877 by Herman Findenegg and Antonio Brussoferro [2]

The Jôf di Montasio (Italian, Friulian: Jôf dal Montâs, Slovene: Montaž, German: Montasch), with its elevation of 2,752 metres (9,029 ft), is the second highest mountain of the Julian Alps, surpassed only by Triglav.

Since medieval times, the steep rocks of the Montasio massif, stretching about 20 kilometres (12 mi) in an east-west direction, formed the natural border between the Imperial Duchy of Carinthia in the north and the Venetian Domini di Terraferma in the south. In World War I the mountain crest up to the Sella Nevea pass was part of the Italian Front, where the Alpini troops refuted several attacks by the Austro-Hungarian Army.

In the valleys around the mountain, local people speak four languages - Italian, Friulian Slovene, and German. The original German name for the mountain was Bramkofel, while the original Slovene name was Špik nad Policami or Poliški Špik. However nowadays they mostly use Montasch and Montaž, borrowed from the Friulian name.

At the top of the mountain stands a cross and a bell in memory of Riccardo Deffar.

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