Noah’s ark has been found. The Ötüken mountain, which is often mentioned in the Köktürk or Orkhon inscriptions, which are the earliest written works of the Turks, is considered sacred. Mountains have an important place in legends. In the Epic of Ergenekon, Turks melt iron in the mountain, tear down roads and spread all over the world.
The legend of the Yellow Girl and the beauty parade of goddesses come to mind when we talk about Mount Ida. The legend of Mount Süphan or the legend of Mount Nemrut, named after King Nemrut, are just some of the best known.
We do not exaggerate if we say that there is such a mountain in this geography and such a legend about it that there is no one in the world who does not know it.
Mount Ararat is the mountain we are talking about… It is the highest peak in Anatolia and Europe with its glaciers, basaltic lava and andesite structures and meadows. It is one of the “most famous mountains in the world”, which the famous traveler Marco Polo said he will never climb.
Mount Ararat is a legendary mountain and Noah’s ark is believed to be stranded on this mountain. Today, Noah’s Flood and Noah’s Ark are considered one of the major common beliefs of mankind.
This flood occurs with minor differences in the Sumerian tablets, the Epic of Gilgamesh and the holy books of the three celestial religions. Information about the flood is even found in myths in Mexico and Australia. This is a story that has spread all over the world, where death and life are intertwined!
Expeditions and history
How many times has the Ark been found?
Attempts have been made to find the Ark since about the 4th century A.D. According to Biblical legend, it had to stop on the side of Mount Ararat. There are several other areas that are considered its potential location. One of the main locations, according to searchers, is the so-called Ararat anomaly: the “outlines of a ship” protruding from the snow on the northwestern slope of Ararat. Scientists explain their formation by natural causes, however, on-site investigation is difficult, as the area is a military closed zone in the area of the Armenian-Turkish border.
German naturalist and traveler Friedrich Parrot was the first researcher to climb to the top of Mount Ararat to find Noah’s Ark by referring to religious sources. Parrot is unable to reach the remains of the expedition he undertakes with high hopes, but becomes the pioneer to climb Mount Ararat. With the book he wrote after this climb, he explains the economic and cultural structure of the region, the existence of plants and animals and the geomorphological features of Mount Ararat.
87 years later, a Russian pilot sees some shapes resembling the remains of the ark during his flight and begins to investigate Mount Ararat. Unfortunately, his efforts to find the ark were unsuccessful. World War II intervenes, during and after the war, both Russian and American pilots report finding the remains of the ark.
In 1959, Major İlhami Durupınar, working in the Mapping Directorate of the Ministry of National Defense, draws maps of the region. Looking at aerial photographs taken from an altitude of between 4,000 and 4,500 meters, he notices a formation very similar to Noah’s Ark. It is a boat-shaped pit surrounding Mount Ararat.
A photographer offers to carry out detailed surveys. The photos are taken during nine dives with an old plane in stormy weather. When the photos are published, they make a great impact on the world because the dimensions of the boat mentioned in the Bible and the dimensions of the well in the photograph are exactly the same! Who takes the picture is none other than the best photographer in Turkey, Ara Güler, who expresses this sentence: “I took the picture, the scientists will take care of the rest …
The investigations begin immediately … The resemblance of the figure with the first artificial ships is striking. In addition, in some parts there are hollows and overhangs that resemble ship masts. It is still debated whether this formation is actually where Noah’s Ark landed or a surface shape formed by the effect of landslides.
Again a group of Chinese and Turkish explorers claim to have discovered Noah’s ark in the foothills of Mount Ararat, on the border with Iran.
This is at least 2,000 years old; Flavius Josephus said that this mountain was in Armenia and that the people prided themselves on being the port of the Ark.
Iranian researchers maintain that the ark is not located on that mountain. It is more plausible that Noah’s descendants came to Mesopotamia through the Euphrates River and not from the East, where giant mountains would be found on their way.
Following this theory, it is said that the remains of Noah’s ark would be in the northwest of Iran, in the state of Urartu. Others are looking for it in Chechnya, on the Sadoi-Lam mountain in the Cheberloevsky region. This, according to one of the most widespread theories put forward by Islamic scholars, the ship could sail further north and run aground in the Caucasus Mountains.
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