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Japheth, Noah’s oldest son stayed with Noah in Armenia and becomes the forefather of the Armenian people. The Armenians since then have considered Ararat as the Holiest place in the world. Josephus, a Hebrew Historian of first century A.D. writes that the Armenian people knew the place of Noah’s Ark. Agathangelos, 4AD, records that Armenian king Trdat ( Tiridates) III Arshakuni built the monastery of Hripsime, from the stones brought from Mt. Ararat, which were considered Holy.