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James Blake Wiener
published on 23 January 2018

Mount Ararat (Armenian: Masis; Turkish: Ağrı Dağı; Kurdish: Çiyaye Agiri) is a dormant, compound volcanic mountain, consisting of two ancient volcanic peaks, located in present-day eastern Turkey very close to the border with Armenia. Strongly associated with Armenian culture, mythology, and identity, Mt. Ararat is also where, according to some legends, Noah’s Ark landed after the biblical flood. This view is from Metsamor, Armenia. Little Ararat is obscured by clouds on the left-hand side of the photograph.

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About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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APA Style

Wiener, J. B. (2018, January 23). Mount Ararat. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Wiener, James Blake. "Mount Ararat." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 23, 2018.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Mount Ararat." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 23 Jan 2018. Web. 04 Feb 2023.