Monthly archives: August, 2018

Armenians in Scandinavia – Not So Many

Armenians in Scandinavia – Not So Many

One of the activists of the Armenian commune of Riga, entrepreneur Gagik Zakharian returned home after a long tip. This is what he told. “Is spent four years in Sweden. I returned to Riga and wanted to share my impressions of that country and of the life of the Armenian commune, especially of one of …

Goshavank – The Khachkar of Master Poghos

One of the works of master Poghos, a khachkar (cross-stone) of astounding beauty, is kept in Goshavank. Goshavank (Monastery of Gosh) is located in the village of Gosh, in the picturesque mountains of Tavush Province, Armenia. Armenian scholar and priest Mkhitar Gosh was the one who initiated the construction of this fine architectural complex. Among …

Tonino Guerra – Armenia Has Completely Changed Me

Tonino Guerra – Armenia Has Completely Changed Me

We offer to your attention a fragment from the film “Autumn of the wizard” by directors Ruben and Vahe Gevorkiants dedicated to late Italian poet, writer, and screenwriter Antonio “Tonino” Guerra. “Armenia is the only place that has changed me. Completely, I would say. I, of course, have seen the wonders of the world and …

Lavash – A Savior Bread

Lavash – A Savior Bread

Someone once said that everything genius is simple. As simple as lavash, the Armenian kind of bread. This wonder of nature as thick as a parchment was invented in the Armenian land and spread all around the world along with Armenian travelers. Today, it is very difficult to find a place where lavash wouldn’t be …

Gandzasar Monastery, Artsakh – An Unexploded Shell by the Wall

Gandzasar Monastery, Artsakh

The inscription on the outer wall of Gandzasar monastery reads: “The church was gunned on October 29, 1992. Unexploded shell. Do not touch.” As a result of a deliberate bombardment by the Azerbaijani long-range artillery and air force during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, Gandzasar monastery was severely damaged. On January 20, 1993, the monastery was subjected …

The Armenian History is a Continuous Cultural Memory – Frank Viviano

The Armenian History is a Continuous Cultural Memory

“The contemporaries of their ancient ancestors were the Hittites, Phoenicians, Phrygians, Lydians, Chaldeans, and Medians. All those nations have long disappeared, but the Armenians still exist. Traveling around Armenia, I was increasingly understanding that my trip essentially was a study of a centuries-old drama and of a sequence of disasters and rebirth, which reminds of …

The Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church

The Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church

The Artsakh diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church incorporates the whole territory of the Republic of Artsakh, as well as its surrounding historical Armenian lands that have been artificially included into Azerbaijan in Soviet years. The throne of the diocese’s archbishop is situated in one of the largest Armenian temples Surb Amenaprkich Cathedral (Holy Savior …

Armenians in World Cinematography – Artsvi Bakhchinyan

Armenians in World Cinematography

The first Armenian film was shot by Vahan Zardarian in 1912. The founder of the Iranian cinematography was our compatriot Hovhannes Ohanian, while the producer of the first Lebanese film was Harutyun Tyurapyan. Many other similar facts are presented in the 2004 book “Armenians in world cinematography” by Artsvi Bakhchinyan. The nearly 700 pages of …

Armenian Mulberry – The Peacemaker Tree

Armenian Mulberry – The Peacemaker Tree

During one of my trips to Armenia, I visited my friend Manuk. It was summer at the time. We entered his small garden, and Manuk lead me to a tree with a lush crown. “Try them”, said he, carefully collecting dark-violet mulberries. My lips turned violet from the fruit, but I couldn’t stop eating: the …