April 24, 2016 Anindya Roy

The Noah’s Ark (Or so be it ) ~ Deep into East of Turkey

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The Noah’s Ark (Or so be it ) ~ Deep into East of Turkey

And the story begins with a Great Flood.

When it rained for forty days and forty nights , God (citation needed) instructed Noah to build an ark and

bring his family and each pair of all animals in the world with him in a specially made boat.

” And Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” – Genesis 6:8

A BBC documentary drew my attention to Issac Pasha Sarayi (palace). A towering monument on rugged mountains that form the boundary between many cultures and countries of Asia : Turkey , Iran , Georgia , Armenia.

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The palace is situated in the far eastern part of Turkey, bordering Iran & Armenia. This part of Turkey is currently settled by Kurdish people and politically unstable. Very few Turkish people visit this place.

I took my girlfriend from Istanbul , and together we ventured into Deep part of East of Turkey.

The arrival at Doubeyazit was none less than a spectacle, the daunting presence of Mount Ararat reminds of a place I could hardly ever draw as a child( i was never good at painting ).

A daunting volcano ( is it dead !! ), the highest peak of Turkey stands like a giant over the dusty arid town, rising 5137 meter.

Issac Pasha Sarayi

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Built in the period 1685 till 1784, by Ottoman rulers , the palace used to be the main controller of the trade happening through Silk route.

The history of the place has always been turbulent.

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Although present day Doubeyazit does not bear any sign of a thriving city , its past tells otherwise. This dusty desolate town has been inhabited from as early as 2500 years ago.

The Urartu empire once ruled this important trade route , a careful eyes might find many decapitated ruins of the time.

Once Urartu times were gone the region came under control of Armenian empires. Armenians were the major ruler in the province and some ruins of old Armenian temple (church) are present in the area.

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In due time the Persians , Romans , Arabs and Byzantines also conquered this place each for some time.

With the rise of mighty Ottoman, the Armenians, who were always part of this land, eventually lost control of this trade route. But with the Turks (Ottoman) came the Mongols. The fierce battle that ensued has still its mark left on this land.

After Ottoman came neo-colonists-

The town saw fighting in the Ottoman–Persian War (1821–23).

Attacked by Russia in 1856, and taken by the Russians during the Russo-Turkish War (1877–78).

The Noah’s Ark:

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If all the history lesson was not enough, here’s one more thing to be excited:

A little outside of Beyazit town, barely 40 km from Iran border, lies a place, people believe to be the coveted Noah’s ark of the Old testament.

The seemingly unassuming place has a museum. There kept carefully are some fossils of both land and sea animals and plants. little digging of the ground revealed many surprises, a few are displayed in the small museum, being taken care by a old Kurdish man.

Some rare plants near Noah’s Ark

 

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Kurdish girls near Beyazit

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I would love to believe I saw Noah’s Ark in Beyazit 🙂

My travelogue of Turkey has just begun, stay with me for more weird facts and places.

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