Mount Ararat-the historic center of Armenia Today Ararat is across the border: in Turkey. It is actually the highest mountain in the world, if one measures its height not from sea level, but from the ground it overlooks onto. In the Bible, according to the Book of Genesis, Noah's Ark landed at the top of the mountain.

“And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.”

In Armenia, Mount Ararat is also called Masis (Մասիս) – a name which recalls Mount Mashu from the Epic of Gilgamesh (Tablet 9). Although Ararat now lies in Turkey, it is the national symbol of Armenia. That is why, Mount Ararat is featured on the Coat of Arms of Armenia and is also often depicted by Armenian artists.