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Mount Ararat, Turkey
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Country: Armenia, Turkey
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Mount Ararat is located in the Eastern Anatolia Region in Turkey, between the Aras and Murat Rivers. It is a dormant volcanic cone which rises from the plain which itself is at the altitude of 9840 feet (3000 meters). With its top part (from 14,000 feet to 17,000 feet), covered by an ice cap which has a depth of 350 feet and is about 17 square miles, Mount Ararat is the highest mountain in the region. It has two peaks: Greater Ararat (the tallest peak in Turkey, and the entire Armenian plateau with an elevation of 16,854 feet (5,137 m) and Little Ararat also known as Mount Sis or Lesser Ararat. Little Ararat is the sixth tallest peak in Turkey. It is a large satellite cone located on the eastern flank of the massive Mount Ararat with an elevation of 12,782 feet (3,896 m).The Ararat massif ( a smaller structural unit of the crust than a tectonic plate) is about 25 miles (40 km) in diameter. The Mount Ararat in Judeo-Christian tradition is associated with the "Mountains of Ararat" where according to the book of Genesis, Noah's ark landed when the Flood Waters receded.
What Makes It Special
The Mountains of Ararat are connected with Noah's ark and the Biblical Flood. To be accurate, in the book of Genesis does not reference any particular mountain or peak but rather a mountain area within the region of Ararat. Nevertheless the highest peak of this mountain expanse is associated with famous biblical Mount Ararat, the legendary site of the second beginning of the world. It is believed that Noah's Ark landed on its summit during the big flood, and the wide plain at the foot of the mountain is the first place where Noah set foot after the disaster.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
The nearest airport to Mount Ararat is in Van. It is a city in eastern Turkey which is located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. You get there from Ankara or Istanbul by plain. From Van there are several flights per week from the airport to the Mount Ararat. Best time to go is late summer. Mount Ararat, besides magnificent scenery and religious and historic sights, offers sport activities like hunting, skiing, hiking, trekking and climbing. You need official permit from the Ministry of Turkish Tourism to climb to the top of the mountain but some trekking companies can help you obtain such permit. There are a lot of hotels in Van that will not break the bank, for example, Merit Sahmaran (from $70, Hotel Bayram (from $60). Both hotels have good ratings from visitors.
Web Sites: Terra Anatolia Tours