Hermon, Mount

Hermon, Mount
Arabic Jabal al-Shaykh

Snowcapped mountain on the Lebanese-Syrian border.

Located west of Damascus and rising to 9,232 ft (2,814 m), it is the highest point on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea and is sometimes considered the southernmost extension of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains. A sacred landmark in Hittite, Palestinian, and Roman times, it represented the northwestern limit of Israelite conquest under Moses and Joshua. Since the Six-Day War (1967), about 40 sq mi (100 sq km) of its southern and western slopes have been part of the Israeli-administered Golan Heights.

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mountain, Lebanon-Syria
Arabic  Jabal al-shaykh 

      snowcapped ridge on the Lebanon-Syria border west of Damascus. It rises to 9,232 feet (2,814 m) and is the highest point on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is sometimes considered the southernmost extension of the Anti-Lebanon range. At its foot rise the two major sources of the Jordan River. Hermon has also been known historically as Sirion and Senir. A sacred landmark in Hittite, Palestinian, and Roman times, it represented the northwestern limit of Israelite conquest under Moses and Joshua. On its slopes are temples with Greek inscriptions dating from about AD 200.

      Since the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967, about 40 square miles (100 square km) of Mount Hermon's southern and western slopes have been part of the Israeli-administered Golan Heights; they have been developed for recreational use, especially skiing.

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