Armenia: views of Mt Ararat volcano during our tour in May-June 2021

Mt Ararat volcano is not only one of the most iconic and largest potentially still active volcanoes in the world, but certainly one that has more connections to history, religion, myths, culture and politics in the Caucasus-Middle East region than any other mountain as well. One of the many beliefs around it refers to the Bible's tale of Noah. According to it, its summit was the first to emerge as new land when the Deluge receded and Noah could land again here, starting to populate the new world...
Even though its location became part of the Turkish state in 1920 following the Turkish-Armenian war and intervention of Russia, it remains an important national symbol of the Armenian people, whose original population area was much larger than today's country, and had Ararat quite in its center. Today, from many points in western Armenia, it remains a mighty background of the scenery.
The pictures were taken during our latest small group tour to Armenia's geological and cultural highlights.
Sunrise over Yerevan, view from our hotel: the first sunrays are touching the summit of Ararat volcano behind the Turkish border to the west. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sunrise over Yerevan, view from our hotel: the first sunrays are touching the summit of Ararat volca... [info]
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Yerevan city panorama, with full moon setting just before sunrise and Mt Ararat volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Yerevan city panorama, with full moon setting just before sunrise and Mt Ararat volcano in the backg... [info]
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Sunrise has arrived in Yerevan and kisses the eastern facades of its buildings. On a clear morning, the slopes and valleys of Ararat volcano are well visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sunrise has arrived in Yerevan and kisses the eastern facades of its buildings. On a clear morning, ... [info]
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Morning view over Yerevan towards Ararat volcano on a clear early June day (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Morning view over Yerevan towards Ararat volcano on a clear early June day (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Famous Khor Virap monastery with small and big Ararat in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Famous Khor Virap monastery with small and big Ararat in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ararat seen from the lower slopes of Aragats volcano in Armenia (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ararat seen from the lower slopes of Aragats volcano in Armenia (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Canyon near Amberd fortress on Aragats volcano, with distant view of Ararat. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Canyon near Amberd fortress on Aragats volcano, with distant view of Ararat. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View over the southern slope of Aragats, with Ararat volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View over the southern slope of Aragats, with Ararat volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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