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yer Vardenis, Aragatsotn (አርሜኒያ)
Mount Ara (2,606 m) is situated in the southeastern part of Aragats between the Kasagh and Hrazdan rivers, and is distinguished by an irregular cone shape with a truncated summit and a natural fracture in its southwestern section. The mountain is composed of volcanic rock and its slopes are broken-up by deep crevasses. The climate there is largely continental, with annual precipitation averaging between 300-400 mm. This accounts for the thick oak groves and many shrubs that dot the mountainside. There are also semi-deserts with an abundance of wormwood, while the upper sections of the mountain consist of steppe. The northern slope of the mountain is well-covered by forests, with thick swaths of oak and lime in the lower parts, as well as juniper bushes and other shrubs.
According to legend, the mountain was named after King Ara Geghetsik (“Ara the Handsome”), whose life story is recounted as an historical event by the Armenian historian Khorenatsi. During King Ara’s battle against Semiramis, the Queen of Assyria, Ara arranged his troops at the base of the mountain, while Semiramis positioned herself and her army on the slope of Hatis.
According to legend, the mountain is actually the body of King Ara after he fell in battle, and from a distance, the mountain does look like a reclining figure with hands on his chest. Because of this, tourists often say things like “we climbed towards the hands” or “we went towards the legs”. The “hands” in this case, can be found near the mountain’s midsection, while the “legs” comprise the eastern part, containing the highest point. The mass of cliffs which jut out from the western side of the summit is referred to as the “nose”, but its proper name is Aklorakar.
Tsaghkevank Monastery is also located on the slopes of the mountain, and for this reason the mountain is often also referred to as Mount Tsaghkevankasar. The monastery is named after a story associated with Saint Varvara, who was persecuted by her own father for adopting the Christian faith. According to the story, Varvara hid herself from her father in the cave, but her hiding place was given away by the local shepherds and after discovering her, her father had her put to death. Before dying, Varvara cursed the treacherous shepherds, and they immediately turned to stone beside their sheep.