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___ Famous Landmarks: Sacred Mountains - Satellite View of Mount Ararat, Turkey

Mount Ararat peaks, Turkey
Mount Ararat with its two major cones, Lesser Ararat (left) and Greater Ararat (right).

About Mount Ararat (Agri Dagh)

Satellite view is showing Mount Ararat, a dormant complex volcano in Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey close to the border to Armenia, about 60 km south of Armenia's capital Yerevan. One of the mountain's two peaks the Greater Ararat, is with an elevation of 5,137 m (16,854 ft) the tallest peak in Turkey.

According to the book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament, Noah's Ark came to rest at the mountains of Ararat.
"In the seventh month the Ark rests on the mountains of Ararat, and in the tenth month the tops of the mountains are seen". (Genesis 8:4)

Noah was the tenth and last of the pre-flood Patriarchs (Adam was the first). GOD briefed Noah in a private conversation about HIS plans to wipeout the entire humanity and to return Earth to its pre-Creation state of watery chaos by inundating the whole f**** planet. HE then gave Noah detailed instructions how to build the vessel. When the mighty ship was completed, angels took over to gather all the required animals to the ship, together with their food. In the selfsame day Noah entered the ark, together with his wife, his sons, and the three wives of his sons. Noah was then just aged 600.

But Noah's landing site at Mount Ararat/Agri Dagh is disputed for a variety of reasons. Firstly, was there really a GOD sent planetary wide great deluge (which of course also would have wiped out the Garden of Eden), in an act of divine retribution, because HIM was unhappy with HIS creation?

Secondly, there is a lack of evidents both, in historical tradition and physical evidents, that Mount Ararat was in fact the scene where the ark came to rest.
In Syrian tradition, as well as in Quranic tradition, the specific summit of the "Mountains of Ararat" where Noah's ark landed is identified as Mount Judi/Cudi Dagh in today Şırnak Province near the city of Cizre, some 500 km southwest of Mount Ararat in the Southeastern Anatolia Region in Turkey (zoom out to find the location of Mount Judi/Cudi Dagh).

Throughout human history there were myths about great floods. In Hindu mythology, there was Sraddhadeva, the king of Dravida and the progenitor of the current humanity. Forewarned about the flood by Matsya, one of the ten primary avatars of Vishnu, he saved humanity by building a boat that carried his family and the seven sages to safety (sounds familiar?).
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