A breathtaking 1915 photo tour of the mountains of the Holy Land

Mountains around the world often have deep spiritual significance to the cultures that emerge in their shadows, and the peaks of the Holy Land are no exception.

Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine and Jordan are dominated by summits of Biblical import, from the cedar-covered slopes of Mount Lebanon, to the precipitous cliffs of Mount Arbel, to Mount Tabor, believed by many Christians to be the location of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

These lantern slides from the Oregon State University Visual Instruction Department offer a tour of the peaks and vistas of the Holy Land in the last days of Ottoman rule.

Check out the incredible images below: