History Channel, a world-famous United States television channel, is making a documentary about the area believed to be home to the remains of Noah’s Ark in the Doğubayazıt district of eastern Ağrı province.
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While working on aerial photographs to create regional maps at the General Mapping Command in 1959, surveyor engineer İlhan Durupınar discovered the area near the village of Telçeker on Mount Ararat, where the alleged remains of the ark of Noah were discovered.
The region, which welcomes thousands of local and foreign tourists every year, also attracts the attention of foreign researchers and documentary filmmakers.
The Turkish Film Commission has launched a study on Noah’s Ark, which has been a mystery for centuries, to bring the area’s attention to the film industry.
The American television station is now working on the area, which has been the subject of documentary channels in Turkey.
American researcher Andrew Jones, tourism expert Zafer Onay and Prof. Faruk Kaya, vice-rector of Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University, do assessments on Noah’s ark in the documentary film directed by Sait Yanık. The director of photography for the film is Abdurrahman İtik and the cameraman is Bülent Kaya.
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Speaking to state agency Anadolu, Turkish Film Commission Chairman Sait Yardımcı said Turkey has many values and its goal is to contribute to tourism in the country with a documentary.
Stating that Ağrı’s recognition with Noah’s Ark has increased a lot, Yardımcı said, “When this project is completed, it will play an important role in promoting Ağrı. We protect both the cultural heritage and contribute to the tourism of the country.
Stating that foreign scientists are also doing a lot of research in the region, Yardımcı said the world has started to take an interest in the region.
Stating that interviews have been conducted with scientists related to the field, Yardımcı said, “History Channel is the most well-known documentary channel in the world, and I believe this documentary will be shown to over a billion people around the world. . It will be an important documentary. There had already been local documentaries about this place. As the Turkish Film Commission, we believe that Turkey is a natural film set and that more content should be produced because our geography is a unique historical place.
He also said the documentary will be screened this summer.
On the other hand, Jones noted that they had been researching the area for a long time with Onay.
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Stating that people will know more about Noah’s Ark when the documentary premieres, Jones said, “When I first came here a long time ago, I was excited. Later, when I saw the hospitality of the people of Ağrı, I started to promote there for American tourists to come here. The Christian world is aware that there is Noah’s Ark in Ararat because it is also mentioned in the Bible. A lot of people are certainly familiar with Noah’s Ark, but we’ll get more people’s attention with this documentary.