Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat, the site believed to be the landing location of Noah's Ark, is in eastern Turkey. It overlooks the Aras River and the Eastern Taurus mountain range.   Mount Arar

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Mount Ararat, the site believed to be the landing location of Noah's Ark, is in eastern Turkey. It overlooks the Aras River and the Eastern Taurus mountain range.

 

Mount Ararat, a large extinct volcano, is about 25 miles in diameter and at its highest peak reaches an elevation of 16,945 feet with 14,000 feet of that towering above the plains below. Its second peak, which is very conical in shape, reaches 12,782 feet. The larger peak is called Great Ararat and the smaller is called Little Ararat. A year-round glacier exists on the north side summit of Great Ararat, with heavy snow cover over the majority of the mountain for most of the year. Some grassy pasture lands exist around the middle part of the mountain, but very few trees.[i] 

 

In the Bible, Mount Ararat is named as the final resting site of Noah's ark following a massive flood. The Armenians claim to be the first people descending from the mountain, populating the rest of the human race.[ii] 

 

A monastery, a village, and an altar -- all related to the celebration of Noah's ark -- once existed on the mountain side, but all were destroyed in an avalanche in 1840 AD.[iii] 

 

Many have made attempts to search for any remains of Noah's ark on Mount Ararat. In 1829 AD, a German man named Johann Jacob von Parrot was the first to successfully ascend the peak. To date, no specific remains have been validated as being part of Noah's ark.[iv]  

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[i] "Mount Ararat." Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-04-23.

 

[ii] "Mount Ararat." Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-04-23.

 

[iii] "Mount Ararat." Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-04-23.

 

[iv] "Mount Ararat." Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-04-23.

The nearest town to Mount Ararat is Dogubeyazit. There visitors can hire guides to take them up the mountain. However, the hike is for serious climbers only with the entire trek to the summit taking 4-5 days. Amateurs and general tourists should stay near the base.

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