The Mountain of Ararat is a symbol of Armenia but outside of its territory for almost 100* years. Highly unapproachable through a closed border yet visible from everywhere in Yerevan, it remains a potent symbol: culturally, historically, emotionally.
The heritage, the story of Ararat looms heavy. It’s a symbol of loss, of resistance, of a future that might be, of a conflict that hasn’t been resolved. The complexity of the feelings surrounding this landmark is hard to grasp for an outsider.
Deeply embedded into tales of romantic nationalism, loss of territory and life, Ararat is a symbol like a phantom – fleeting yet omnipresent.
*Mount Ararat has officially been within the borders of Turkey since the Treaty of Kars in 1921, following the Turkish-Armenia war.