Dörtyol

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Dörtyol
Toun
Location o Dörtyol athin Turkey.
Location o Dörtyol athin Turkey.
Kintra Turkey
Region Mediterranean
Province Hatay
Govrenment
 • Mayor Fadıl Keskin (MHP)
Elevation 57 m (187 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Urban 70,856
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 31
Aurie code(s) (0)326
Licence plate 31

Dörtyol is a port ceety an ile terminus at the heid o the Gulf o İskenderun, near the eastmaist point o the Mediterranean coast. Dörtyol is locatit 26 km north o the ceety o Iskenderun in the province o Hatay in southeastern Turkey.

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

The name Dörtyol means "crossroads" (literally "fower roads") in Turkis, an indeed the toun sits on a crossing o heich-gates, especially the O-53 frae Anatolie sooth intae Hatay an on tae Sirie. The road is channelled alang the narrae coastal strip wi the Nur Muntains (the auncient Amanos) ahint. Dörtyol is at the edge o the Çukurova Plain an being near the coast, is humid an the kintraside is fairly green an fertile. Therefore as well as ile-handlin, the economic activities o the destrict include forestry, cotton, an the cultivation o citrus fruits, especially a local variety o tangerine.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

This crossroads haes seen the passage o numerous airmies an some o the biggest military campaigns in history, includin the battle aetween Alexander the Great an Darius in 333 BC. Mair recently Dörtyol is remembered in Turkey as the scene o the first fechtin in the Turkis War o Unthirldom. The fechtin wi the occupyin forces wis ignitit in Karakese which is locatit on the skirt o the Nur muntains veelage. In 1918 Dörtyol wis occupeed bi French troops supportit bi Armenie collaborators. Turks in the aurie retreatit tae the hills an began their resistance unner the leadership o Kara Hasan Pasha. Dörtyol wis thus no pairt o the Republic o Hatay but wis a Turkis destrict addit tae Hatay when the province wis brought intae the Turkis republic in 1939.

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

Coordinates: 36°50′43″N 36°13′22″E / 36.8453°N 36.2228°E / 36.8453; 36.2228