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Noah’s Ark – history, facts, photos

noah’s ark – according to the Bible, a ship built by Noah by order of God to save his family, all animals, and birds (from two to seven individuals of each species) from the global Flood. Today, many researchers continue to search for the ark, hoping to find its fragments not only on the slopes of Mount Ararat, but also in other places.

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Noah’s Ark. Illustration by Gustave Doré

Construction of Noah’s Ark

On the pages of the first book of the Bible – Genesis, in chapters 6 to 9, the story of the construction of Noah’s ark is described. God instructed the righteous Noah to build a ship on which he and his family were to be saved from the coming flood, which was associated with the total moral decline of people.

In the 6th chapter of the book of Genesis, verses 5 to 9 say that because of the debauchery and evil on earth, the Lord decided to destroy people and all living things on it – animals, reptiles and birds. And only Noah found favor, for his righteousness and impeccability before God.

As a result, Noah was told to build an ark, pitching it inside and out. It had to reach 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits in width and 30 cubits in height. It is worth noting that the cubit was 44.5 cm. The Bible also gives instructions regarding other features of the ark, where, according to the word of God, Noah, his wife, three sons and wives of sons, as well as a pair of all living creatures were to enter.

The Bible says that Noah exactly fulfilled all the commands given to him by the Almighty. After the construction of the ark was completed, God commanded him and his relatives to enter it. At the same time, all the animals entered the ark – 7 clean and 2 unclean.

It is worth noting that Noah was also instructed to provide himself and the animals with food. An interesting fact is that at the time of the flood, Noah was 600 years old.


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When Noah was inside the ark with his family and all the animals, God closed the door of the ship. After 7 days, heavy showers began, which did not stop for 40 days. As a result, water covered the entire earth, including the highest mountains.

In Gen. 7:20 says that the water “rose 7 meters above the highest mountain.” The flood destroyed everything living on earth, as a result of which only those who were inside Noah’s ark were saved. In Gen. 8:3-5 we read that the water gradually sank into the ground, and by the 150th day almost all of it had disappeared. On the 17th day of the 7th month, the ark rested on the Ararat mountains.

On the 1st day of the first month, 601-year-old Noah opened the ark when he saw that the earth had dried up. The earth was completely dry by the 27th day of the 2nd month. Then everyone who was in the ark went outside. After that, the Creator blessed Noah and his sons, commanding them to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”

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View of Ararat from Yerevan

Curiously, according to the Jewish chronology, all dates in the Bible were based on the lunar calendar. Thus, the global flood lasted 11 days more than the lunar year, which corresponds to exactly one solar year.

It is noteworthy that the flood is mentioned in the scriptures of many nations. In addition, the flood and Noah’s ark are mentioned in the writings of famous historians, including Josephus Flavius. The famous traveler Marco Polo also writes about the ark: “In Great Armenia, I’ll tell you more, on a high mountain – Noah’s Ark.”


Finding Noah’s Ark

Over the past 200 years, Mount Ararat has been visited by many scientific expeditions looking for the remains of Noah’s Ark. And although none of the explorers managed to find the ark, many of them claimed to have seen something similar to the remains of Noah’s ship.

The situation for today, one of the main places of the alleged parking of Noah’s Ark, is the Ararat anomaly. The anomaly refers to an object of unknown nature, protruding from under the snow on the northwestern slope of Mount Ararat, 2.2 km from its summit.

Experts attribute the appearance of this formation to natural causes. Now the study of this site is not possible due to the fact that it is located on the border of Armenia and Turkey, being a military closed zone with limited access.

In 2007, Turkish and Hong Kong scientists made an expedition to Mount Ararat. As a result, they announced the discovery of Noah’s Ark at an altitude of 4000 m, frozen in ice. Moreover, experts were even able to get inside the “ark” and take photos and videos. An interesting fact is that the age of the alleged remains of Noah’s Ark was estimated at about 4800 years.

There are many other “finds” of the ark, but the reliability of such finds raises a lot of doubts. Today, Noah’s ship is being sought not only in Ararat, but also in the vicinity of the Tendyurek stratovolcano (30 km south of Ararat) and even in Iran.

Due to the fact that the word “Ararat” is equivalent to Urartu – the area and the ancient state north of Assyria, a version is put forward that the mountains of Ararat from the Bible are mountains in Urartu, which includes Ararat. Interestingly, the Brockhaus Bible Encyclopedia emphasizes that “nothing indicates that Noah’s Ark landed precisely on the modern Mount Ararat.”

In conclusion, I would like to remind you that in the era of medieval Armenia, the search for the ark was not approved, since Mount Ararat was revered as a shrine, which means it was a sin to look for Noah’s ship.

Photo of Noah’s Ark

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Satellite image of one of the regions of the Ararat mountains, where the remains of Noah’s Ark are supposed to be found
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Aivazovsky. global flood
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Jan Brueghel the younger. Animals go to Noah’s Ark
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Edward Hicks. noah’s ark

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