Mt. Ararat, a mythical and legendary volcano since biblical times, still radiates a tremendous fascination today. Visible from afar with its vast snowfields rises from the vast valley of the Araxes in eastern Anatolia, the center of the Armenian highlands, where the foothills of the Taurus Mountains unite with the eastern foothills of the Pontius Mountains, that mountain on which after the biblical flood the ark Noah's stranded. The Turks call it Agri dagi (Pain Mountain), the Armenian Masi, and the Persian Kûh-i Nuh. Powerfully the Ararat rises up to a height of 5.165 m, which even in midsummer snow cap seems to touch the sky. Only since 2001 is it again allowed to climb this legendary volcanic cone of igneous rock and the highest mountain of Turkey. Ararat is one of the highest volcanos in Asia after Damavand 5610m.