“In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat…”: New History Channel documentary aims to shed light on the story of the legendary ark of Noah and its supposed landing took place in eastern Turkey.
Said to have been discovered in 1959 in Doğubayazıt in the province of Ağrı by Ilhan Durupinar, expert cartographer, the legendary vessel – whose story is told in the Torah, the Bible and the Koran – remains a source of fascination.
The area around Mount Ağrı – known as Mount Ararat in English – where the boat reportedly ran aground when the flood receded, attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists every year and continues to attract the attention of foreign researchers and documentary filmmakers.
The upcoming History Channel special is directed by Sait Yardimci, starring cinematographer Abdurrahman Itik and cameraman Bulent Kaya.
The film features comments from American researcher Andrew Jones, tourism expert Zafer Onay and Faruk Kaya, vice-rector of Ağrı Ibrahim Çeçen University.
Speaking to Anadolu agency, Yardimci, who also heads the Turkish Film Commission, said the province had become more visible after the remains of Noah’s ark were found.
“When this project is completed, it will play a very important role in promoting Ağrı,” he said. “We both protect the cultural heritage and contribute to the tourism of the country.”
Over a billion people hope to see the documentary
Calling the History Channel the world’s leading documentary media outlet, Yardimci said the Noah’s Ark documentary is expected to be watched by more than a billion people worldwide.
“There have been local documentaries about this place before,” he added. “The Turkish Film Commission believes that Turkey is a natural cinema hub and that much more content should be produced… Because the region we are in is a place that is both unique and steeped in history.”
He said the documentary is due out next summer.
For his part, US researcher Jones said he first arrived in the region in 1997 when he was just 20 years old.
“It was my first trip to Turkey,” he said. “And I fell in love with the people, the culture, the history. And since that time I have been back several times in this search for Noah’s Ark and I have brought groups of tourists here and done the promotion of tourism in the region. “
Highlighting the interest in the area, Jones said, “People are interested in knowing where Noah’s ark is located, and according to the holy books of the Bible, Noah’s ark landed on Mount Ararat.
The story of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark is told in the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the three Abrahamic religions.