Pillars of Heracles

Pillars of Heracles

Two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar. They include the Rock of Gibraltar (at Gibraltar) in Europe and one of two peaks in northern Africa: Mount Hacho (held by Spain), near the Spanish exclave of Ceuta, or Jebel Moussa (Musa), in Morocco. The pillars are fabled to have been set there by Heracles (Hercules) as a memorial to his labour of seizing the cattle of the three-bodied giant Geryon.

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