The peaks of Great Ararat, and the. Lesser Ararat, are the highest in Turkey. They have many legends attached to them including the one about Noah and his ark. According to ancient Anatolian mythology, the two peaks are two sisters who could not get along together. These sisters were turned Into rock because of the harsh words they used against each other, and. thus,two great mountains rose out of the plain at the spot where the giriş had stood. The word Ağrı, which is the Turkish name for the Ararat mountains, means pain.
Mount Ararat is the traditional landing place of Noah’s Ark-Treks up the mountain are conveniently started from Doğu Beyazıt and supplies for the climb are available there. Including pack animals. There was a great deal of excitement in 1959, when a Photograph taken by an officer Of the Turkish Army revealed an object that resembled an ancient vessel. Many expeditions have been undertaken to date with a view of investigating the account, but no confirmation has been realized.
The history of Doğu Beyazit goes back through many centuries, owing to its position on the main trade route to Anatolia from the East. A number of the monuments and ruins here have been lost due to a long succession of battles and invasions in the region, but many traces of the ancient Urartian civilization can be seen, as well as the fascinating Ishak Pasha Palace and Mosque. The Genoese built a fortress on this spot to protect the trade route In the 14th century, Ishak Pasha, a Kurdish ruler of the area, built his own fortress and monument during Ottoman, times.