Monthly archives: August, 2018

An Exceptionally Rare Armenian Manuscript Featured in an American Museum

An Exceptionally Rare Armenian Manuscript

The American FineBooks Magazine some time ago reported that the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art of Kansas City had acquired an exceptionally rare manuscript written and illustrated by a 17th-century Armenian manuscript illuminator Mesrop of Khizan (ca. 1560 – ca. 1652). This manuscript named “London Gospel” bears immeasurable cultural value. It represents the faith and religious …

History of Armenians in Israel

History of Armenians in Israel

A small share of the Armenian Diaspora dwells in Israel. Most of the Israeli Armenians lives in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem. However, there are also few Armenian families living in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, and Ramla. In the recent years, a fairly numerous commune was formed in Petah Tikva. Its founders had come from …

Lori Province – The Beautiful North of Armenia

Lori Province – The Beautiful North of Armenia

Lori Province is one of the most beautiful regions in Armenia. It boasts a multitude of natural picturesque sceneries, as well as numerous fine examples of Armenian architecture. The most renowned architectural and cultural monuments of Lori Province are the monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, as well as the monastery-fortress Akhtala. In fact, they enjoy …

The Armenian Community of Mexico

The Armenian Community of Mexico

Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Mexico were established fairly recently, to be precise, one month after the dissolution of the USSR. In spite of this, an Armenian commune has existed in Mexico for several centuries. When compared to other Armenian communities, the Mexican one is relatively small, consisting of about 500 people. The first Armenian …

There is Nothing Coincidental in Chess – Tigran Petrosian

There is Nothing Coincidental in Chess

“I am deeply assured that there is nothing coincidental in chess, though it still remains just a game,” said the ninth World Chess Champion, Armenian grandmaster Tigran Petrosian. His play was indeed clearly thought-out and weighed. He calculated combinations many moves ahead, taking into account not only his but also the opponent’s positions. In chess, …

The Defense of Sasun – Western Armenia, 1904

The Defense of Sasun – Western Armenia, 1904

In 1904, the Ottoman government determined to exterminate the Armenian population of Sasun, an Armenian-populated district in the former Siirt Sanjak in Bitlis Vilayet. In spring, Kurdish groups attacked the Armenian villages of Khiank and Khulb but were repelled by Armenians. Thereafter, 10,000-men Turkish and 5,000-men Kurdish troops marched through the villages of Kop, Semal, …

The Zeytun Uprising – August 1862

The Zeytun Uprising – August 1862

On August 2, 1862, the Turks failed to seize Zeytun in spite of their numerical superiority. The Turks lost 2,000 soldiers and abandoned a plethora of weaponry on the battlefield. The name of Markos Tashchyan would be inscribed in history: he was the one to destroy two Turkish cannons, significantly weakening the Turkish army. Severe …