Syrian Gates

The Syrian Gates, also known as the Belen Pass (Turkish: Belen Geçidi), is a mountain pass located in the Belen District of Hatay Province in south-central Turkey. The narrow pass through the Nur Mountains, said to be 300 paces across, is the most important route from the coastal region of Cilicia to inland Syria.

The pass is perhaps best known as the point through which Alexander the Great pursued the forces of Darius III of Persia after the Battle of Issus. Also near the western end of the pass is the Pillar of Jonah, where the prophet Jonah was supposedly disgorged by the whale that had swallowed him.

On July 28, 1832, a major battle took place at the pass between the Ottoman and Egyptian armies, where the forces of Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt defeated the Ottomans.

References

Sources

  • "Progress of the Baghdad Railway" in The Geographic Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3.
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17 January 2018
Nur dağı ile amanos dağı arasındaki tek geçit. Belenden geçmeden iskenderundan antakyaya geçiş yok. Bu sebeple onlarca restaurant vb var yol uzerinde
Kerem F
12 February 2015
Hatay bu yükaeltiden seyrwdek bölgenin özetini görmüs oluyorsunuz manzara harika.sis , yükselti, rüzgar tribünleri= belen geçidi
Caner Kaleagasi
5 November 2016
Rüzgar gülleri arasından güzel bir manzara eşliğinde geçmek çok keyifli fakat yol ciddi tehlikeler içeriyor.
Mehmet Civelek
18 April 2019
Kendinizi bulutların üzerinde hissetmek istiyor iseniz mutlaka gelin ve bu duyguyu yaşayın...
Onder I
7 October 2015
Durun zirvede biraz kendinizle başbaşa kalın. Sonra ilk bulduğunuz yerde yemek yiyip künefe yaptırın. Harika bir yer
Erdem Özel
16 April 2014
Belen ' taksim istiklal caddesi ' gibi herkesin ugradigi gectigi yer :)
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