The Ilan Dağı (local name), also known as Mt. Odzahar or "mountain of snakes", is located in the Julfa District of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in Azerbaijan. It towers about 1'200 metres above its surrounding plane.
"The mountain of snakes" is the literal translation of this mountains local name "İlan dağı". It is considered to be the symbol of the region Nakhchivan.
The legend is telling, that at the time of Biblical Great Flood, in the nighttime the Noah's Ark strucked against its top and got some damage. Outraged Noah cursed this mountain and after the flood waters has receded this mountain became inhabited only by huge snakes or dragons.
Azerbaijan 2003, Ilan Dağı.
Ilan Dağı in the foreground, In the background the Mt. Kapudzhuk (3'905 m), which marks the Azerbaijan/Armenian borderline.