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Yerevan - So close and yet so far away

In the foreground you see a part of the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
In the distance Mount Ararat with its two peaks: Greater Ararat (5.137 m.) and Lesser Ararat (3.896 m.).

According to the Bible and the Koran Noah's ark landed on Mount Ararat when the waters of the flood subsided.
Also in Armenian culture this mountain is of high significance.
Like Mount Olympus is the home of the Gods in the Greek mythology, Mount Ararat is the same in the Armenian mythology. It has become the national symbol of the country and is featured in its coat of arms. Armenians consider the Ararat as their highest mountain even though he is located on Turkish territory.

As a consequence of the history of both nations, the border between Armenia and Turkey is closed.
It is possible for Armenians to visit Turkey and for Turks to go to Armenia. But then a long detour overland through Georgia or Iran must be made or the airplane must be taken to Istanbul.
While Mount Ararat is at a distance of only 56 km. from Armenia's capital and clearly dominating its skyline, for many Armenians their symbol remains unattainable ...

The picture was taken a little before sunset on top of Yerevan Cascade (a very huge staircase and monument built on a hillside with water fountains running down).

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