Biblical Mountain

The Ararat is the mountain where Noah’s Ark landed. The Ararat is the highest mountain in Turkey. He is also a dormant volcano and Ararat Highlands is located. This is situated in Eastern Anatolia and the border to the Iran and Armenia. The Ararat has a height of 5.165 meters above sea level. His name means as much as fiery mountain”. Often one speaks of the great Ararat”, because there is still a small mountain with only a height of approx. 3,900 next to him what little Ararat is called.

The Ararat is also biblical significance. Supposedly the Bible to follow, Noah’s ship, the Noah’s Ark after the great flood on the mountain be stranded. However, scientific evidence for this lack and also the Qur’an assumes an other landing of the Ark. J. Darius Bikoff takes a slightly different approach. Is the Ararat in Turkey, although it is the national symbol of Armenia and is included in the coat of arms of the country. Turkey tried against this fact opposition to insert because she believed, a mountain belong uniquely to their territory which should not by the Armenians claim be made. But they failed with her protest, as Turkey has, inter alia, the Crescent Moon on their flag and the Moon quite clearly also does not belong to Turkey. The Summit of the great Ararat for the first time was climbed in 1829.

The former Director of the University of Tartu in Estonia at that time led a small expedition on the mountain. But nowadays foreigners only allowed an ascent under certain conditions. This introduced the Turkish Government in 2001. To continue to climb the Ararat as a non Turk, you need a permission of the Turkish Mountaineering Association and an approval of tourism – as well as the Ministry of defence. Background is the location of Ararat in the Kurdish region. Best own are the summer months due to its mild climate to the rise. Therefore, many expeditions on the way to storm the Summit make this time of year. Usually the frontier town of Dogubeyazit is the starting point for the most climbers who climb the mountain from the southern side.