Monthly archives: June, 2018

Lmbatavank – Artik, Shirak Province – Armenia

Lmbatavank – Artik, Shirak Province – Armenia

Lmbatavank (Monastery of Lmbat), officially Church of Saint Stepanos, is located southwest of the town of Artik in Shirak Province, Armenia. While there are no accounts mentioning when the church was built, archaeological analysis demonstrated that it was established in the 6th-7th centuries. Built from smoothly hewn tuff, this church is an example of the …

The Armenian Wheel of Eternity

The Armenian Wheel of Eternity

All kinds of crosses and many other symbols are abundant in the ancient Armenian art of petroglyphs. Those symbols would be adopted by many nations around the world. Thanks to the Armenian petroglyphs, we can trace the genealogy of the swastika and the six-point star, which is now more commonly known as Star of David. …

The Works of Martiros Saryan in Tretyakov Gallery

The Works of Martiros Saryan in Tretyakov Gallery

The works of Martiros Saryan, one of the greatest Armenian artists of the 20th century, is a jewel of world art. His paintings can be seen in many museums throughout the world. Many collectors also have some works of the artist in their possession. Large museum exhibitions almost always feature the works of this great …

Cuneiform Description of Noah’s Ark from Armenia

Cuneiform Description of Noah’s Ark from Armenia

Noah’s Ark hasn’t been an invincible ship of a giant size, as it is typically considered, but merely a large ship. British scholar Irving Finkel came to this conclusion after discovering a cuneiform plate made by the person who is usually referred to as the Biblical Noah. This 3,700 years old cuneiform document was found …

Vahanavank – Syunik, Armenia

Vahanavank – Syunik, Armenia

The monastic complex Vanavank is located in the vicinity of the town of Kapan, Syunik Province, Armenia. According to Stepanos Orbelian, the monastery was founded by prince Vahan in 911, in honor of whom it would also be named. The first structure of the monastery was the Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator. After the …

Mysteries of Karmir Blur – Yerevan, Armenia

Mysteries of Karmir Blur – Yerevan, Armenia

In order to unload the traffic of Yerevan, the City Hall initiated the construction of a highway in the territory of the Karmir Blur hill, a significant archaeological site. However, specialists were tasked to investigate the site prior to the commencement of the construction of the highway. Archaeological excavations that commenced in August 2013 allowed …

Reign of Khosrov III Kotak – Short Chronology

Reign of Khosrov III Kotak – Short Chronology

The passing of Armenian King Trdat III (reigned 298 – 330) was followed by clashes between several nakharar (an Armenian hereditary title of the highest order) families, in the scopes of which, groups of rebellious feudal lords intruded state lands. King Khosrov Kotak (Khosrov III the Small), the successor of Trdat III, followed the policy …

Roman Invasion into Armenia – 69 – 68 BC

Roman Invasion into Armenia – 69 – 68 BC

In summer 69 BC, Roman legions under the command of Lucullus invaded Armenia and rapidly advanced towards the heart of the country. At the time being in the southern regions of Armenia, Tigran II the Great sent a 3,000 cavalry under the command of Meruzhan to stop the Romans. Having covered a large distance, the …

The Gorgeous Vorotan River – Armenia

The Gorgeous Vorotan River – Armenia

The mountainous Vorotan River rises in the northern part of Syunik Province. It stretches for 178 km before emptying into the Araks River at the border between Iran and the Republic of Artsakh. The river flows through deep canyons, in particular, through the beautiful gorges of Tatev Monastery, which along with its adjacent areas and …

Aparank Monastery – Western Armenia

Aparank Monastery – Western Armenia

Aparank Monastery’s name derives from the Armenian word “aparank”, meaning “fortress”. While it is unknown what the purpose of the monastery had been initially, it is known that in the 19th century, it was the episcopal center of the Terkan district, which included 34 Armenian villages. In fact, most of the monastery’s buildings belong to …

Petroglyphs of the Armenian Highlands – Mysteries Diving Deep into Millennia

Petroglyphs of the Armenian Highlands

Petroglyphs (rock carvings) are carved-out images of animals, hunting scenes, symbols, rites, mythical characters, and many other concepts, objects, and phenomena. Rock carvings are found in large quantities on the vast territory stretching from the Aegean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The largest “gallery” that expands tens of kilometers is located in the Gegham and …

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

Stones are like people in some sense. Some of them stand shoulder to shoulder in masonry, their main feature being the absence of any individual features. Other stones are unique and even exceptional. One could long argue which is more important, but most will probably want to see something new and unique. Stone with the …

Ancient Armenian “Kokh” Wrestling

Ancient Armenian “Kokh” Wrestling

The Armenian wrestling style “Kokh” is regarded as one of the oldest forms of wrestling. The ancient history of this national combat sport is confirmed and attested by numerous travelers to Armenia. First of all, the Persians “touched” the style in the early years of their contact with Armenians. Armenian wrestling was famed in the …

Armenian Carpets – CNN The Silk Road

Armenian Carpets – CNN The Silk Road

We have covered Armenian carpets on our website several times, and this time, we offer you some insight into CNN The Silk Road: Past, Present, Future’s exploration of Armenian carpets. According to CNN The Silk Road, Armenia’s rich tradition of carpet weaving had been a multi-million-dollar industry as of November 23, 2015. Since antiquity, Armenian …