Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi or Mountain of Pain in Turkish) is on the Turkish border with Iran and Armenia. Ararat technically has two peaks that are 7 miles apart. The Great Ararat summit is 16,945 feet above sea level. This is the highest mountain peak in Turkey! Most people think of Noah's Ark when they hear about Mount Ararat. According to the Bible, this is where Noah's Ark came to rest when the floodwaters receded. The name used for this mountain in the Bible is the Hebrew equivalent of Ararat - Arartu. The kingdom that was in the area between the Tigris River and the Aras River from the 9th to 7th Century BC was called Urartu. There are many local stories and legends surrounding the mountain and the story of the flood, including the Armenian claim to be the first race of humans to appear after the flood. There is a Persian legend that says Ararat is the cradle of civilization. It is a volcanic mountain and in 1840 it erupted destroying villages and an important monastery and chapel.
Famous Local Sites: Mount Ararat, Ishak Pasa Palace (Dogubeyazit)
Must Try Local Eats: Abdigor Koftesi (Meatballs)