Qurnat as Sawda'

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Qurnat as Sawdā’
Qurnat As Sawda top of Lebanon 9 June 1985-EF-Bild-33.JPG
Qurnat As Sawda seen from the south in June 1985
Highest point
Elevation 3,088 m (10,131 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
Qurnat as Sawdā’ is located in Lebanon
Qurnat as Sawdā’
Qurnat as Sawdā’
Parent range Mount Lebanon

Qurnat as Sawdā’ is the highest point in Lebanon and the Levant, at 3,088 meters above sea level.[1]

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]


'Qurnat as Sawda' means in Arabic 'the black peak' due to its permanent snowless peak. Facing permanent wind, snow is unable to fix on the peak, creating a black spot surrounded by snow.

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