Mount Alfaf (Syriac: ܛܘܪܐ ܕܐܠܦܦ, ṭūrāʾ Alfaf), also known as Mount Maqlub (جبل مقلوب in Arabic), is a mountain in the Nineveh Plains region in northern Iraq. The mountain lies 30 km to the northeast of Mosul and some 15 km from Bartella. The largest town on the mountain is Merki, which is inhabited by Assyrians of the Syriac Orthodox Church.[1]

Mount Alfaf
Mount Maqlub, Ṭūrāʾ Alfaf
View of the mountain from the road between Kalek and Bardarash
Highest point
Elevation1,000 m (3,300 ft)
Coordinates36°29′30″N 43°26′29″E / 36.49167°N 43.44139°E / 36.49167; 43.44139
Mount Alfaf is located in Iraq
Mount Alfaf
Mount Alfaf

The mountain is famous for the Mar Mattai Monastery which lies close to its southern summit. There exist a number of hermitages that date back to the 4th and 5th century AD, the most important of which are:[1]

  • Mar Mattai hermitage, where according to Syriac tradition, Sara, sister of Mar Behnam, was miraculously cured of leprosy by Mar Mattai.
  • Bar Hebraeus hermitage which was occupied by Bar Hebraeus during his lifetime.
  • The spy's hermitage which lies at the top of the mountain and was used as a sentry to warn the occupants of the monastery of bandits.

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  1. ^ a b صوامع جبل الفاف (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2012.