The Arafsa mountain – the grave of Noah
This is one of the important places on the territory of the autonomous republic related to the Flood. It is claimed that Prophet Noah has been buried here. It is also said that Prophet Adam’s body was also in Noah’s ark during the Flood. As prophets Noah and Adam lived in the same period of time in history, both were caught by the Flood 10,000 years ago. The graves of Noah’s wife and mother are in the town of Marand, in Southern Azerbaijan (south-western Iran). It is strongly believed that Noah’s own grave is in an area called Kohnagala (old fortress) in the town of Nakhchivan. This place is visited by people as a Pir (place of worship). Large-scale archaeological excavations have been carried out here in recent years.
According to another legend, Noah’s and his wife’s graves are in the ruins of an old village called Nuhdaban, also in Nakhchivan. It is about the village and mountain called Nahajir (or probably Nuhajir).Some researchers say that the name Nakhchivan is connected with the legend of Noah. According to Shumerian mythology, the entire world was overflowed by water during the Flood. Prophet Noah and his sons were saved in his ark, which landed here (in Nakhchivan). They settled here and built a town. Then humans gradually spread to all over the world from here. This place, where Noah’s ark landed, was named Nuhchikhan in memory of the prophet.An Arab geographer of the sixteenth century, Al-Ashrafi, also noted that Noah’s ark and grave were in Nakhchivan. According to Mirza Jamal Javanshir Kharabakhi, the emergence of many towns in Azerbaijan was closely connected with Noah and his son Arran. It is not by chance that the legend of Noah is connected with Nakhchivan. Archaeological research shows that Nakhchivan, one of the main cultural centers in Azerbaijan, developed in close economic and cultural cooperation with powerful Shumerian states in Mesopotamia 4,000 to 5,000 years ago.