Where exactly did Noah’s Ark come to rest? This is a question that has intrigued many Biblical scholars and archaeologists for thousands of years. The traditional resting place of the Ark has been Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey on the border with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran, but let’s see what the Bible has to say.
According to Genisis 8:4b, “the boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.”
As you can see, the Bible does not mention a specific mountain but rather an area. As it was originally written in Hebrew during the time of Moses, Ararat was the Hebrew name for Urartu, which was a region where modern day Armenia is now today. Translated to present day English it would read “the mountains of Armenia.”
It is easy to see why Mount Ararat is the popular and traditional resting place of Noah’s Ark. It is the tallest mountain in the Armenian mountain range and is visually impressive. It would have been the first visible peak from the receding flood waters due to its height. If the Ark were to land on any mountain, the majestic Mount Ararat would definitely make for a good story.
Adding to the mystery of Mount Ararat and the Ark is that it is a very difficult mountain to access. At nearly 17,000 feet and covered in ice and snow year round, it is not an easy mountain to climb. Add to that the constant political conflicts of its neighboring countries, and you can see why any sort of archeological investigation on Mount Ararat would be an incredibly difficult undertaking. Its limited access, however, only adds to the mystery of the Ark, and many conspiracy theories have arisen because of this.
Besides the fact that a wooden ship would have had to survive 6,000 years of alpine weather, Mount Ararat is a volcano and has erupted many times over the course of that 6,000 years. If Mount Ararat is indeed the final resting place of Noah’s Ark, it would be highly unlikely that it still exists.
Other sites have been named as possible sites of Noah’s Ark in the Armenian mountains. Mount Judi is the traditional early Christian, as well as Islamic, site of the Ark. Mount Judi is about 100 miles southwest of Mount Ararat and near the Syrian and Iraqi borders with Turkey. Early Christians thought that Mount Judi was the resting place of the Ark before eventually moving the site to the much taller Mount Ararat. For Muslims, their Qur’an states that Noah’s Ark came to rest on Mount Judi.
Also in Turkey near Mount Ararat is the famous Durupinar site, in which a boat shaped rock formation was discovered. However, after further study, it was found to be just that, a boat shaped rock formation and no wood to be found.
Noah’s Ark would be a monumental archeological find. Like that of another famous Biblical ark, the Ark of the Covenant, it is easy to see why so many are drawn to its mystery and whereabouts. While expeditions will continue for years to come, as Christians, we do not need the proof of the remains of a boat on the side of the mountain. We have God’s Word in the Bible as proof of the existence of Noah and his Ark.
Where is Noah’s Ark? In the book of Genesis. In the Bible.