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Banias Falls

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Distance
1.7 mi
Elevation gain
1,348 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
1,348 ft
Max elevation
1,175 ft
TrailRank 
29
Min elevation
919 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
one hour 5 minutes
Coordinates
318
Uploaded
January 5, 2013
Recorded
January 2013
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near Bāniyās, Quneitra (Syria)

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Itinerary description

Banias (or Paneas; Greek: Πανειάς; Arabic: بانياس الحولة‎; Hebrew: בניאס‎) is an archaeological site by the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi, located at the foot of Mount Hermon in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The city was located within the region known as the "Panion" (the region of the Greek god Pan), and is named after the deity associated with the grotto and shrines close to the spring called "Paneas".

The temenos (sacred precinct) included a temple, courtyards, a grotto and niches for rituals, and was dedicated to Pan. It was constructed on an elevated, 80m long natural terrace along the cliff which towered over the north of the city. A four-line inscription at the base of one of the niches relates to Pan and Echo, the mountain nymph, and was dated to 87 CE.

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