Mount Ararat in Ridley Road Market.

The world comes together in colourful Ridley Road Market, on Dalston’s Kingsland Road in East London.

There’s a great stop to be made at tiny ‘Ararat Bakery’, where the freshly baked nans are lifted straight from the rotating oven into your bag. Hot and delicious. ‘Famous’  Ararat Bakery has even featured in the Guardian newspaper – and on Google maps  too.IMG_3300

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On a broader front, the bakery’s name brings to mind  world-renowned Mount Ararat, the resting place of biblical Noah’s Arc. This towering mountain lies  on Turkey’s eastern border, land that until the 1932 Treaty of Kars was under the control of neighbouring Armenia, albeit at the time part of USSR.  Even today it’s a sensitive issue.

Who’d have thought that a freshly baked nan would bring such issues to mind !

800px-MountAraratMount Ararat, viewed from Turkey

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Mount Ararat viewed from Yerevan, capital of Armenia

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View of Mount Ararat from Khor Virap monastery, Armenia.   Location marked on map here.

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Mount Ararat in summer

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Mount Ararat in winter

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