Jerusalem (Sep. 24)
Mount Ararat, on the summit of which, according to Biblical tradition, Noah’s Ark rested after the Flood, will be turned into a modern resort for tourists from all parts of the world. A railway is planned to the summit, which is 17,000 feet above sea level.
Ararat, located in eastern Armenia, lying between the lakes Van and Urmia, and the River Araxes, now forms the frontier between Turkey, Persia and Armenia.
Superstitious fear and natural obstacles have prevented the natives from attempting the assent of the mountain. However, its summit has been repeatedly reached by Europeans and its geological peculiarities have been noted.
Its cone is the crater of an extinct volcano and because of its height, it is snowcapped throughout the year.