Saturday , 8 May 2021

The Noah tomb

The Noah tomb – The architectural monument of the VIII-XII centuries, in the area of Kohnagala, in the South part of Nakhchivan. In the article “The city of Nakhchivan and the Nakhchivan uyezd” by K.A.Nikitin, the grave and tomb of his Excellency, prophet Noah was depicted as follows: “The grave of Noah is situated near the remainders of the old fortress, in the South of Nakhchivan city. The today’s image of the grave was restored in the 8th century. Today’s grave reminds the tomb not higher from the ground. Before there was a temple. The interior of the temple to go downstairs is round and was enforced with a stone pole in the center and is a vault type. According to the legend the grave of Noah is situated under it. There is no depiction of the images and decorations in the vault. The walls of the vault were whitened and the names of the travellers and pilgrimagers were written in different languages on the walls.

V.M.Sisoyev in his work “The tomb of Noah” states that the sides of the vault were in the octogonial prism form of 2,5 m. 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 and even his sister’s graves were 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. K.A.Nikitin, a Russian educationalsit who lived in the city of Nakhchivan and was busy with the pedagogical activity in the 80th years of the XIX century gathered the stories about prophet Noah relation with this ancient land by the help of local people and determined the place of his grave 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.