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Once more view of the Khor Virap Monastery with Ararats peaks in the background.
Mount Ararat (Turkish: Ağrı Dağı; Armenian: Արարատ or Masis Մասիս) is a snow-capped, dormant volcanic cone in Turkey. It has two peaks: Greater Ararat (the highest peak in Turkey and the entire Armenian plateau with an elevation of 5,137 m or 16,854 ft) and Lesser Ararat (with an elevation of 3,896 m or 12,782 ft).
Below we see vineyards, maybe they will be used for Ararat brandy.
Ararat is an Armenian brandy that has been produced by the Yerevan Brandy Company since 1887. It is made from Armenian white grapes and spring water, according to a traditional method. The distinctive aroma and rich bouquet of these Brandies allowed the Yerevan Brandy Company to enjoy considerable success in international exhibitions and tastings.
An undocumented anecdote claims that during the Yalta Conference, Winston Churchill was so impressed with the Armenian brandy Dvin given to him by Joseph Stalin that he asked for several cases of it to be sent to him each year. During a 2013 meeting at his personal villa in Sochi, Russian president Vladimir Putin gave British Prime Minister David Cameron a bottle of Armenian brandy as a gift, recalling Stalin's offering to Churchill in 1945. (from Wikipedia)
All organized trips go to this factory for degustation. I saw it from outside and it was enough for me.

The mountain can be seen on the coat of arms of Armenia but lies in Turkey. The border is very close to the monastery, something like half kilometer. One can see the border posts from there. But there are more countries around. Close to the left side of Lesser Ararat is the border Turkey-Iran. And around twenty kilometers from there it is an interesting place where four countries meet: Armenia, Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

View of the main peak with border towers
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Ararat brandy factory .

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