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:

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1915 photo tour of the Holy Land
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1915 photo tour of the Holy Land

The reputed location of Abraham's offering of Isaac on Mount Gerizim.

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Mount Tabor and a field of flowers.

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Bethel from the south.

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Cedar trees in Lebanon.

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A view from Bethsaida to the Mount of the Beatitudes.

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A view from Hill Moreh to Nazareth.

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The Garden of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.

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The Hill of Moreh from the south.

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Inside the Tomb in the Garden, New Calvary.

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Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

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Jerusalem from the New Calvary hill.

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A school in Ramah.

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The Mosque of Hebron.

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Mount Carmel and the Bay of Haifa.

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Mount Gerizim from Mount Ebal.

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Mount Gilboa from the Hill Moreh.

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Mount Lebanon. 

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Mount Nebo from the East.

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The New Calvary hill from the south.

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The village of Nain and Mount Tabor.

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Ramah from the south.

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Samaria from the minaret of the mosque.

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Shechem and Mount Ebal.

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Shechem and Mount Gerizim.

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Mount Hermon.

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The summit of Mount Nebo.

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The Hill of Hebron from the southeast.

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The Mount of Temptation.

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The New Calvary hill.

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Mount Hermon from the northwest.

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