Monthly archives: September, 2018

The Last Photo of Ashot II Yerkat’s Grave

The Last Photo of Ashot II Yerkat’s Grave

The grave of the Armenian King Ashot II Yerkat (the Iron) has been retained up until 1920. Now, not a single stone remains from it. Taking into account the symbolical and historical significance of that grave and also the fact of its sudden disappearance, one could conclude that its destruction was driven by political motives …

Garo Paylan – “Human Bones Everywhere”

Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Turkish politician of Armenian descent Garo Paylan recently visited the city of Van in Turkey to get acquainted with the situation near the local Armenian cemetery. The local authorities had some time ago allowed the construction of a public restroom. According to the newspaper “Akos”, Paylan is …

New Book About the Kingdom of Van (Urartu) Published in Iran

New Book About the Kingdom of Van

A new book about the Kingdom of Van (Urartu) titled “Urartian hieroglyphic inscriptions from Iran” was published recently in Iran. “Urartian hieroglyphic inscriptions from Iran”, which was also published in English, is a collection of unique scientific-archaeological material about the hieroglyphic writing system used in the Kingdom of Van. The preface of the book reads: …

The Dilapidated Church of Saint Bartholomew in Van

The Dilapidated Church of Saint Bartholomew in Van

The historical Armenian church of Saint Bartholomew near the city of Başkale in the Province of Van continues to reside in a dilapidated condition. After the withdrawal of the units of the Turkish army from the territory of the temple in 2013, the Saint Bartholomew church has been vainly waiting for restoration works. In the …

Two Armenian Women from Zeytun – 1885

Two Armenian Women from Zeytun - 1885

This photography from 1885 depicts two Armenian women from Zeytun who have been forced to take up arms to protect themselves from the Ottoman bandits. Remarkably, the woman to the right, Yekhisapet Sultanian, is the grand-grandmother of Derek Sherinian, an American-Armenian keyboardist who recorded for Kiss, Alice Cooper, and Billy Idol. By the end of …

Henry Morgenthau on the Essence of the Turks

Henry Morgenthau on the Essence of the Turks

“In essence, the Turk is conceited and cowardly”, wrote Henry Morgenthau, “He becomes brave when the circumstances develop in his favor. In failure, he is vile, obsequious, and powerless. A hesitant and fearful Ottoman carefully looks for benefit in the maze of the diplomatic discord between European states. The rude and uncouth Turk of the …

A Valuable Gift to Yerevan from Kunito Nagaoka

A Valuable Gift to Yerevan from Kunito Nagaoka

A Japanese art critic Professor Kunito Nagaoka presented the city hall of Yerevan with the replicas of the city’s most significant symbols. According to the announcement of the city hall, Professor Kunito Nagaoka presented the replica of the inscription of Armenian King Argishti telling about the foundation of the Erebuni fortress. The replica was created …