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Mount Aragats in Armenia taken through the arch of the Ani ruins in what is now Turkey. Ani was the old Armenian capital but was abandoned after the dual onslaughts of Genghis Khan and the bubonic plague (black death) which followed shortly after in the mid 14th century. I was surprised to still see snow in late June. From Wikipedia: "Mount Aragats (Armenian: Արագած, also: Ալագյազ - Alagyaz[4]) is a large andesitic-to-dacitic[5] stratovolcano in northwest Armenia about 40 km northwest of the capital city of Yerevan. It is the highest point in Armenia, located in the province of Aragatsotn, northwest from Yerevan. On its slopes are the Byurakan Observatory and the medieval Amberd Fortress. The observatory is a historically significant facility responsible for a number of important photographic surveys.
The 4,090 m (13,419 ft) high main edifice of Aragats is dissected by glaciers and is of Pliocene-to-Pleistocene age. However, parasitic cones and fissures are on all sides of the volcano and were the source of large lava flows that descended its lower flanks."

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