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Naxcivan

THE NOAH TOMB

The architectural monument about VIII-XII centuries, in the territory named Kohnagala to the south of Nakhchivan city. In the article “Nakhchivan city and Nakhchivan Uyezd” written by K.A.Nikitin, the grave and tomb of prophet Noah in this land were described as: “Grave of Noah is situated in the south direction of Nakhchivan city, near the remnants of ancient fortress. The present view of grave was restored in the VIII century. Today’s grave indicates a tomb above the ground surface, not bigger. Before there was a temple, but then destroyed. Today’s tomb consists of the remnants of the lower floor of the former temple. The interior of the stair for to go down is round formed and looks like a vault enforced in the middle with a stone pole. According to the legend, the grave of Noah is under the right pole. There are no images or decorations in the vault. Vault walls had been whitened and the names of tourist and travelers coming to pilgrimahe had been written in different languages on the walls”. Bahruz Kangarli, the founder of the Azerbaijan realist work of Artist (1892-1922), painted the tomb of Noah from nature in oil paint which is situated in the city of Nakhchivan at the beginning of the XX century. The area in which the tomb was situated was depicted together with the tomb of Noah in the work. There are enough more legends about the grave of Noah in Nakhchivan. According to the legend, during the world storm the ark of Prophet Noah struck the Ilandagh which is situated in the territory of Nakhchivan and then dropped anchor on the mountain slope near the top of Gapijig. Naming that place Gamigaya, the existence of the Nabi land summer pasture and very ancient dwelling place named Nuhdaban not far from ground on the reality of the sources resembled in the legend. In the stories connected with prophet Noah, there is information that his grave was in the city of Nakhchivan. I.Shopen, dyubua de – Monpere, K.A.Nikitin, V.M.Sisioyev and other investigators predicted that the tomb of Noah was in Nakhchivan. On the basis of the decision of Vasif Talibov, Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic “About restoration of the grave tomb of prophet Noah situated in the city of Nakhchivan” signed on June 28, 2006, considering all historical sources, the tomb was again restored and wide range construction works were carried out in the territory.

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