mount Hachadagdivine Nakhchivan
You won’t forget your first view of Mount Hachadag, with its north-west facing oval peak and dramatic relief spread across an area of 3 square km. Its slopes rise to a relative height of 1,000 metres, looming over the River Alinja and the surrounding serenity of Nakhchivan. This imposing structure is not only a geological marvel; it is steeped in the rich tapestry of local lore and history. One name for the mountain - ‘Ilandag’ - originates from a fusion of the Turkish word 'il/el', signifying 'habitation, land, people', and 'Annu', an ancient Turkish place of worship, which imparts a sacred notion of 'the dwelling of God'.
Further adding to its mystique is another name - 'Inandag', meaning ‘mountain of faith.’ ‘Hachadag’ refers to how the mountain is split into two parts, capturing both its physical grandeur and spiritual significance. According to Sumerian legend, Mount Hachadag was touched by Noah's Ark on its journey from Gamigaya to Mount Ararat. This powerful contact is said to have sculpted the mountain, lending to the belief in its divinity.
Mount Hachadag is a testament to the intertwining of natural splendour and ancient myth, luring visitors from far and wide. Whether for the breathtaking views, geological uniqueness or its place at the heart of local folklore, Mount Hachadag stands as a proud emblem of Nakhchivan's heritage and natural beauty.