Qurnat as Sawda'

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Qurnat as Sawdā’
القرنة السوداء
Kornet Al Sawda Mountain, Lebanon - Photography by Wissam Shekhani - November 2011.jpg
Qurnat As Sawda
Highest point
Elevation 3,093 m (10,148 ft)
Prominence 2,393 m (7,851 ft)
Listing Country high point
Coordinates 34°18′00″N 36°07′00″E / 34.30000°N 36.11667°E / 34.30000; 36.11667Coordinates: 34°18′00″N 36°07′00″E / 34.30000°N 36.11667°E / 34.30000; 36.11667
Parent range Mount Lebanon

Qurnat as Sawdā’ (Arabic: القرنة السوداء‎) in Jabal al-Makmel is the highest point in Lebanon and the Levant, at 3,093 meters above sea level.[1]


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[edit]

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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Qurnat al-Sawdāʾ". Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/sta/sta45.htm

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