In Armenian mythology Mt. Ararat is the home of the Gods, much like Mt. Olympus is in Greek Mythology.
According to the bible, Noah’s Ark came to rest on this mountain top (5,137 m /16,854 ft elevation).
Armenia, being the first nation to officially adopt Christianity (301 AD) associates the mountain with its national identity.
In my opinion this [fake] religious pride is one of the things holding the people back from progressing. The religion is empty. The people are not very spiritual. They blindly follow practices and beliefs that don’t serve to help their evolution. And just like most other religions, maybe 5% (at best) has actual truth in it. As long as people keep holding onto this bull shit pride of being “the first Christians” they will continue to be held back. Sure the thousand-year-old church’s are awe-inspiring in the country, and they will always be, but Armenian’s need to let go of the bull shit.