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From the History of Printed Media of Armenia

From the History of Printed Media of Armenia

The Armenian printed media has played a huge role in the development of socio-political thought and scientific and cultural life, as well as in the dissemination of European values in Armenian reality. Armenian print media was founded in October 1794 in the Indian city of Madras. The first Armenian newspaper was “Azdarar” (“Herald”), which was …

Rafael Patkanyan – Who Is an Armenian?

Rafael Patkanyan – Who Is an Armenian?

Who is an Armenian? Surely, the one who speaks Armenian? Or the one whose last name rhymes with “yan”? Anyone who is ready to eat pilaf and dolma for dinner day after day? Or the one for whom the Armenian hat and costume is an honor? Who is an Armenian? Surely the one who visits …

The Armenian Library and Museum of America

The Armenian Library and Museum of America

The history of the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) started in 1971 when a group of Armenians began collecting Armenian books and items in an Armenian parish church in Belmont, Massachusetts. In 1985, the decently increased collection was opened to the public for the first time. ALMA moved to its current location in …

Monte Melkonyan and Kristapor Ivanyan

Monte Melkonyan and Kristapor Ivanyan

In 2017 was published the book of Senor Hasratyan “Heroes”, representing the life and activity of Heroes of Artsakh, holders of the Golden Eagle order Monte Charles Melkonyan (Avo) and Kristapor Ivan Ivanyan. Artsakhpress reports that the book aims to immortalize the Artsakh national liberation struggle that unfolded at the end of the 20th century, …

Miraculously Preserved Unique Armenian Manuscripts

Miraculously Preserved

Each manuscript has its own destiny. Just like people. The fate of the most ancient Armenian manuscripts repeats the path of the Armenians themselves: exile, loss, and finding their homeland. This is how the Armenian manuscript heritage is characterized by Doctor of Historical Sciences Gevorg Ter-Vardanyan, head of the Matenadaran manuscript storage. By the will …

Mher Mkrtchyan – Wow!

Mher Mkrtchyan – Wow!

“I always wondered about the power that comes from here and turns into water in human eyes. Wow! I have never wanted to be an actor. And yet, step by step, my holy hour, which dragged me into the theater, arrived, and I did not have time to get enough of my childhood.” The dramatic …

A Journey Among the Armenians – Philip Marsden

A Journey Among the Armenians

“Do you know what is the hobby of Armenians?” asked the engineer, driving the car along the central street of Bourj Hammoud. “What is it?” “Building. When a Lebanese gets money, he buys clothes or a car. But an Armenian… They buy bricks and put them together one by one.” His words were true — …

Armenia Is a Wonderland – Rockwell Kent

Armenia Is a Wonderland

“Armenia is a wonderland… If asked where any more miracles can be found on our planet, I would name, first of all, Armenia… One can hardly be surprised that in such a small corner of the world, one can meet such monuments and such people that can become an ornament and an object of pride …

Ancient Armenian Coins

Ancient Armenian Coins

It is known from history that during the reign of Seleucid King Antiochus the Great (223-187 BC), Artashes, a prominent Seleucid military leader, was appointed the governor of Armenia and was nominally subservient to the Seleucid king. Because the war with Rome greatly weakened the Seleucid Empire (in particular, in the battle of Magnesia in …

Armenian Typography in Turkey

Armenian Typography in Turkey

Armenians were among the first to use the invention of Johannes Gutenberg, a German inventor who introduced printing to Europe. Since 1512, in countries of the world where there were Armenian communities, Armenian printing houses have been established, and books have been printed in Armenian. The Ottoman Empire was also involved in this process. In …

Mher Mkrtchyan – Silence That Everyone Understood

Mher Mkrtchyan – Silence

Mher Mkrtchyan’s performance of the role of Baghdasar in the 1600-seat theater in Los Angeles made a stunning impression on non-Armenian viewers as well. “After the scene of madness… I stayed on the stage for one minute and was silent for three minutes. At first, I looked at the viewers, thinking about what kind of …