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- Beroso, priest, astronomer and Babylonian historian who in 275 B.C. wrote on the habit of pilgrims climbing Ararat to scrape away the pitch on the walls of the Ark to make amulets, describes the Ark visible on Mount Ararat.
- Flavius Josephus, Jewish historian of the first century, wrote in his book: "The story of the Jews" the same Beroso's statement.
- Epifanio of Salamina in the 4 century A.D. used the real existence of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat as a piece of evidence in defense of the Christian faith, writing: "Do you really believe that we are not able to prove our faith even though up until our times the remains of Noah's Ark are visible in the country of the Kurds?".
- Marco Polo, the famous Venetian traveller, passing near Mount Ararat in 1269 wrote in his book, "Il Milione" : "......and you should know that in that far - off land of Armenia Noah's Ark still lies there on top of a high mountain with snows so persistent that nobody is able to climb it.
Using intricate calculations based on the story in the Bible's Book of Genesis, the Italian explorer (Angelo Palego) says the ark has been preserved in ice for over 4,000 years.Laying out a series of grainy photos on his kitchen table back home in northern Italy, the 63-year-old former chemist points out the form of the huge boat estimated to be 512 feet long, 82 feet wide and 50 feet high with enough space to fit 800 train cars.
"A small piece of wood found in the same area by a French explorer friend and authenticated as dating from the time of the flood is physical evidence of his find, he says. Palego isn't the first to claim to have found Noah's Ark.
In terms of hard evidence, a group of geologists exploring Mount Ararat found rocks with holes in them resembling "drogue stones'' which were dragged behind ancient ships for stability.
Thirteen of these large stones were found in a line behind where the ark came to rest.
Palego says he just needs to get to his site to collect more evidence. So far, he has only seen it from a distance during his 13 expeditions to the mountain. The explorer has yet to get authorization from Turkey to take a helicopter, which an Italian television station has agreed to pay for, into the highly sensitive military area where he was once taken hostage by Kurds.
"We've asked the Turkish government to let us go in and I won't give up until I get there,'' said Palego. "This is my mission.''
Palego has a number of pictures on his site which are computer enhanced--a photo of the ark is inserted to make the location of the ark clearer. One thing of interest on his website is that wood purportedly from the ark was tested by a science lab which concluded that it was nearly 4,500 years old and petrified.
His 11 expeditions to Ararat confirmed with mathematical precision what the author had already discovered in the Bible.
It's really difficult to find the right adjectives to describe how this work kindles astonishment in careful readers.
With the publication of this work the whole world is placed in front of a disturbing reality: the Universal Flood with the waters above the tops of the highest mountains.
The breath-taking account of the expeditions carried out by the author on the Ararat demonstrates how faith can inspire courage.The first and third expeditions were carried out completely alone; the fourth with Reinhold Messner. Taken prisoner by the Kurds, attacked by a bear; in the midst of vipers, scorpions, lightning, bandits, terrorists, falling rocks, dangerous wild dogs, storms; cold, heat, thirst, victories and defeats... finally, triumph! All this has been described in his personal diary where the images and sensations are still fresh and throbbing, showing how faith and courage can make man climb towards the highest summits of beauty, purity, and poetry."