Mount Ararat

large peak in Turkey

Mount Ararat (Turkish: Ağrı Dağı; Armenian: Արարատ; Kurdish: Grîdax‎ or Çiyayê Agirî) is the tallest peak in the Armenian Highlands and modern-day Turkey. The mountain is always capped with snow, and it is a dormant volcano.

Mount Ararat Ağrı Dağı
Satellite picture of Mount Ararat
Highest point
Elevation5,137 metres (16,854 ft), see section
Prominence3,611 m ranked 48th
Isolation379.29 km (235.68 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates39°42.26′N 44°17.5′E / 39.70433°N 44.2917°E / 39.70433; 44.2917
LocationIğdır Province, Turkey
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruption1840[1]

It is in Iğdır Province, near the northeast corner of Turkey, 16 km west of Iran and 32 km south of the Armenian border.



The people and area who lived in this area was the Armenian kingdom of Ararat (in Assyrian: Urartu). Armenians lived here for nearly 3000 years. In the 16th century the mountain became part of the border between the Ottoman Empire and the Safavid dynasty of Persia. Later it was the border of Russia. In 1923 the Treaty of Lausanne put Ararat in the administration of Turkey. It is a national symbol of Armenia and an object of irredentism.