View of Mount Ḥaṣṣ from Safīrah
|Elevation||638 m (2,093 ft)|
|Translation||جبل الحص (ar)|
|Location||Aleppo Governorate, Syria|
Mount Ḥaṣṣ or Mount Aḥaṣṣ (Arabic: جبل الحص or جبل الأحص; northern Syrian vernacular: ǧabal əl-Ḥəṣṣ) is a 500-metre-high plateau (maximum height 638 m) on the northern fringe of the Syrian Desert. It is located in the Safīrah District of Aleppo Governorate in Syria.
Location and description
The plateau extends for 60 km with a width of about 30 km on the western side of Lake Jabboul from Safīrah in the north to Sabkhat Kharāyij and Sabkhat Ḥammām in the south. To the east lie the Qinnasrīn plain (southern Aleppo plain) and the Maṭkh lowland. A lesser elevation called Mount Shabīth (Arabic: جبل شبيث) (highest point 360 m) is found in the southeast, beyond which lie Sabkhat Shabīth. The plain of Khunāṣir separates between Mount Ḥaṣṣ and Mount Shabīth.
An ancient fortress from the classical period has been recently uncovered on Mount Ḥaṣṣ.
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