Monthly archives: July, 2018

Haghpat Monastery – Inspiring by Its Endurance

Haghpat Monastery – Inspiring by Its Endurance

A wonderful article published by the Wall Street Journal in 2012 describes some of the Armenian sacred sites. The article was authored by Dennis K. Berman. Haghpat is one of the world’s greatest yet one of the least explored religious shrines. Millions of tourists every year gather to the routine splendor of Rome and Jerusalem. …

Edward Ghazaryan – The Father of Micro Miniature

Edward Ter-Ghazaryan – The Father of Micro Miniature

Edward Ghazaryan, a world-renowned Armenian micro miniaturist, is regarded as the creator of the art of micro miniature. Back in the 1950s, the European press was humming about an Armenian claiming to have created tiny artworks smaller than a needle eye. One German reader even sent a letter of disbelief to the artist. The reply …

The Secret of Armenia’s Endurance

The Secret of Armenia’s Endurance

The Armenian nation is one of the most ancient civilizations that have survived over centuries until today, though the Armenians haven’t had an independent country for large parts of their history. Due to this, the Armenians gave particular importance to their spoken and written word, which in fact were the means that allowed the Armenian …

Geghard – The Monastery of Spear, Armenia

Geghard – The Monastery of Spear, Armenia

Geghard Monastery (Armenian: Գեղարդ, meaning “spear”) is a remarkable architectural site situated in Kotayk Province of Armenia. A significant share of its uniqueness lies in the fact that it has been partially carved out of the adjacent mountain. No surprise that the monastery is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery has been …

Ancient Historians About Armenia

Ancient Historians About Armenia

Ancient historians referred to antique Armenia by the name that is in use even today. That’s because Armenia predates most of the surrounding countries and nations, which is easily overlooked by some, even though it testifies to the continuation of Armenia from distant antiquity until today. Armenia has survived in spite of the significant political …

Horse Breeding in Armenia

Horse Breeding in Armenia

Armenia has been a renowned land of horse breeding from times immemorial. In fact, the Armenians have been one of the first to develop the chariot. Iron Age frescos scattered throughout the Armenian Highlands testify to the richness of the horse-breeding practice in ancient Armenia. According to Strabo, ancient Persians had even collected Armenian horses …

The Armenian Church of Paris

The Armenian Church of Paris

“When will we have our Holy Church in Paris?” wrote a correspondent of the Armenian newspaper in Constantinople “Manzou-Meiosis Effniar” in 1902. This question would receive an answer shortly. Alexander Mantachiants, a wealthy Armenian oil entrepreneur from Baku, learned that the small Armenian community in Paris didn’t have its own church. Finding this unacceptable and …

Osip Mandelstam’s Journey in Armenia

Osip Mandelstam’s Journey in Armenia

Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam was a Russian Jewish poet and essayist of the times of the October Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union. Mandelstam was one of the leading members of the Acmeist school of poets. Mandelstam visited Armenia in 1930. During the eight months of his stay in the country, he rediscovered his …

Ancient Cave Houses in Armenia

Ancient Cave Houses in Armenia

The Armenian Highlands are pierced with countless ancient cave dwellings that date back to the earliest pages of human settlement. Investigations of the Areni cave complex in Armenia provided the archaeologists with such phenomenal finds as a straw skirt (6,000 years old), the oldest leather shoe (5,500 years old), the oldest winemaking facility (6,100 years …

Mount Ararat – The “Mother of World”

Mount Ararat – The “Mother of World”

The snow-capped inactive volcanic cone known as Mount Ararat is now located in the territory that used to be the ancient Armenian region Ararat. Armenians have venerated Mount Ararat since times immemorial. Ancient Armenian legends say that deities reside inside the mount. In Armenian, both peaks of Mount Ararat have separate names: the smaller peak …