Nur Mountains

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The Nur Mountains (Turkish: Nur Dağları, "Mountains of Holy Light"), formerly known as Alma-Dağ[1] or the ancient Amanus (Ancient Greek: Ἁμανός), is a mountain range in the Hatay Province of south-central Turkey, which runs roughly parallel to the Gulf of İskenderun.

The range reaches a maximum elevation of 2,240 m (7,350 ft) and divides the coastal region of Cilicia from inland Syria. The highest peak is Bozdağ Dağı. A major pass through the mountains known as the Syrian Gates or Belen Pass is located near the town of Belen. Another pass known as the Bahçe Pass or Amanic Gates is farther north.

A specific "Mount Amanus" is referred to by ancient writers[2][3] and was later called Alma-Dağ or Alma Dug;[4] though its exact location within the range is unclear, it may at times refer to Belen Pass.


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. 1997. p. 855. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Grote, George (1862). A History of Greece. London: John Murray. p. 312. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Anthon, Charles (1872). A Classical Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Montgomery, Alexander (1853). The Illustrated Magazine of Art. New York. p. 84. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
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Coordinates: 36°45′N 36°20′E / 36.750°N 36.333°E / 36.750; 36.333