Monthly archives: September, 2018

Operation Van – Paris, 1981

Operation Van – Paris, 1981

On September 24, 1981, in Paris, four young Armenians aged 20-24 – Vasken Sislian, Aram Basmajian, Hagob Dzhulfayan, and Kevork Guzelian – armed with pistols, submachine guns, and explosives, captured the Turkish consulate in mere minutes, taking 60 hostages. During the shootout, one of the Turkish guards was killed and two fighters along with a …

Mkrtich I of Van – Khrimian Hayrik

Mkrtich I of Van – Khrimian Hayrik

Mkrtich Khrimian (Mkrtich I of Van, April 4, 1820, Van – October 29, 1907, Vagharshapat) was the Catholicos of All Armenians from 1893 to 1907, a successor of Magar Teghutsi. He also was a major social, political, and cultural figure of the Armenian national liberation movement. Khrimian is colloquially known as Khrimian Hayrik (Father Khrimian). …

Momik – The Great Armenian Architect

Momik - The Great Armenian Architect

What should every Armenian must know about Momik – the great Armenian architect, artist and sculptor. Master Momik was born in the village of Ulgur around 1260. The artist’s death year is not known – he died somewhere between 1333 and 1340. About family of Momik knows that his father’s name was Grigor, and his …

Armenia in The Period of the Bagratid Kingdom.

Armenia in The Period of the Bagratid Kingdom.

In 851, the Armenian prince Bagrat Bagratuni, his sons Ashot and David Bagratuni, and Prince Sasun John Hutevtsi were in captivity. The place of the Armenian prince was occupied by Sparapet Smbat Bagratuni Ablbas (852-855). However, in 855, he was also arrested and exiled to Samaria. The son of Smbat, Ashot Bagratuni, achieved the withdrawal …

Memoirs of Avetik Isahakyan – The Answer of the Mekhitarists to the Boorishness of the Head of the Synod of the Russian Church

Memoirs of Avetik Isahakyan - The Answer of the Mekhitarists

A conversation with Ghevond Alishan about the island of St. Lazarus in Venice. “The situation of Armenians in Russia is comparatively better. There are no massacres or robbery, but because they do not have national schools or Armenian upbringing, their language and culture are in poor condition. About two years ago, the monastery was visited …

Armenian Surb Khach Church Claimed to be Turkish

Armenian Surb Khach Church Claimed to be Turkish

The representatives of a Turkish public organization called “Fight against Armenian groundless allegations” recently expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that Armenian tourists visit the Surb Khach (Saint Cross) Church on the Akhdamar Island in Lake Van,  (now in Turkey). “Haberturk” cited the chairman of the organization Goksel Gyulbey: “The Armenians brought the flags of …

An Amazingly Mysterious Fortress from the Kingdom of Van

An Amazingly Mysterious Fortress

The fortress Chaush Tepe lying in the vicinity of Lake Van in modern Turkey is currently being investigated by archaeologists. The fortress is built from virtually perfect stone blocks going down into the earth. Archaeologists haven’t yet reached the base of the fortress. However, the small area that they have already unearthed amazed many researchers. …

Vakifli – The Only Armenian Village in Turkey

Vakifli – The Only Armenian Village in Turkey

The present-day inhabitants of Vakifli, the only remaining Armenian village in Turkey, are the descendants of those who resisted the forced deportations in 1915. Living on the slopes of Musa Dagh, the Armenians of the six local villages have for 53 days repelled the attacks of the Turkish army until being evacuated by French warships. …

Monument to Soghomon Tehlirian Opened in Marseille

Monument to Soghomon Tehlirian

At the initiative of the Co-ordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF), a memorial to Soghomon Tehlirian authored by Tavit Yuzani was opened in the Soghomon Tehlirian Square in Marseille on June 23, 2018. The opening of the memorial was attended by the Armenian Consul in Marseille Ruben Gharazyan, the prefect of the 4th …

The Hemshin Armenian Dialect in Turkey is Endangered

The Hemshin Armenian Dialect

The Hemshin Armenian dialect (Homshetsma) is one of the languages spoken in Turkey that are under the threat of extinction, reports Horizon Weekly. This is attested by the data of the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in danger. At the moment, the language is categorized as “severely endangered.” Unfortunately, the atlas doesn’t’ specify the …

The Story of the Lisbon Five – Armenian Revolutionary Army

The Story of the Lisbon Five

35 years ago, a group of five young Armenians from the Armenian Revolutionary Army known as “The Lisbon five” attacked the Turkish embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. Those young Armenians were Sedrak Achemyan (19 years old), Vache Dagliyan (19), Ara Krtlyan (20), Simon Yakhniyan (21), and Sargis Abrahamyan (21). After the attack, the Armenian Revolutionary Army …

Pomegranate, the Symbol of Armenia

Pomegranate, the Symbol of Armenia

The pomegranate is one of most recognizable symbols of Armenia. It symbolizes fertility and fortune in Armenian mythology. It was also believed to be a guardian against the evil eye. At weddings, the bride would throw a pomegranate to break it into pieces. The scattered seeds of the pomegranate ensured that she would bear children. …