Qurnat as Sawda'
|Qurnat as Sawdā’|
Qurnat As Sawda
|Elevation||3,093 m (10,148 ft)|
|Prominence||2,393 m (7,851 ft)|
Country high point|
|Parent range||Mount Lebanon|
Qurnat as Sawda is Arabic for the black peak. The permanent snowless peak faces permanent winds and so snow is unable to fix on the peak. That causes a black spot, which is surrounded by snow.
The peak is known for its beauty. In summer, the peak is all green and sunny, and in winter, the peak is black and white, as the clouds soar below the mountain.
References in Medieval religious literature
In Jacobus de Voragine's Legenda aurea, the summit of Mount Lebanon (Qurnat as Sawda') is the site on which Noah, after having survived the flood, replanted a sacred tree. Voragine states that the tree's seeds were given to Seth by an angel in the Garden of Eden and placed in Adam's mouth upon his passing such that his blood could feed its growth.
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