Monthly archives: February, 2019

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier’s Journey to Yerevan

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier’s Journey to Yerevan

French merchant and traveler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier visited the East six times – in particular, Turkey, Persia, and India – between 1631 and 1668. Tavernier not only conducted trade affairs but also made valuable notes about the cities he had visited, as well as made sketches that would be reproduced in the form of engravings. In …

Simon Vratsian on the Uprising of February 18, 1921

Simon Vratsian on the Uprising

As a result of a powerful popular uprising on February 18, 1921, the rebels occupied Yerevan and declared the restoration of the independence of the Armenian republic. A governmental body titled Committee for the Salvation of the Fatherland was created. It would be headed by Simon Vratsian. “Yerevan is already decorated with only the Armenian …

“Ruins of Armenia. Ani” – The First Photo Album of the Ancient Capital by Hovhannes Kyurkchyan – 1880

“Ruins of Armenia. Ani” – The First Photo Album

Hovhannes Kyurkchyan was the first Armenian photographer to shoot Ani and to make the first photo album with its sceneries. The unique card compilation “Ruins of Armenia. Ani” (“Ruines d’Arménie. Ani”) was printed in Vienna, but the title page of the compilation and stereoscopic maps contain the name of Kyurkchyan’s hometown Yerevan. The inscriptions to …

Nakhichevan – An Integral Part of Yerevan Province

Nakhichevan - An Integral Part of Yerevan Province

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the struggle for the liberation of Karabakh may have forced Armenians to forget the history of another native Armenian land, Nakhichevan. When the Armenian region was created as part of the Russian Empire in 1828, Nakhichevan was naturally included in this purely Armenian territorial-administrative unit. From 1849 to …

The 150th Anniversary of Hovhannes Tumanyan’s Birth

The 150th Anniversary of Hovhannes Tumanyan’s Birth

The fate of Armenian poet Hovhannes Tumanyan reflects the history of the Armenian people. In 1912, he was arrested and tried in St. Petersburg on charges of revolutionary nationalism. His three sons were killed by invaders: Artavazd was killed during the self-defense of Van, while Hamlik and Mushegh were brutally murdered by the Bolsheviks in …

The Correct Date of the Sovietization of Armenia

The Correct Date of the Sovietization of Armenia

Speaking about February 1921, the most important stage of our national liberation struggle, has been strictly forbidden during all the 70 years of the Soviet period. And even today, the general public of an already independent country is virtually completely unaware of the dramatic events that occurred 98 years ago. And the historical truth is …

Ida Adamiants – The First Armenian at the Wimbledon Tournament

Ida Adamiants – The First Armenian

Ida Adamova (Ida Adamiants-Adamoff) – who lived in Paris and represented France in championships – from 1928 to late 1930 participated in various international tennis tournaments, including the Wimbledon tournament and the French Open Championship (Roland-Garros). She thereby became the first Armenian in history to participate in these renowned competitions. Ida Adamova was born into …

The Vegetable Oil “Avedov” from the Avetyan Brothers

The Vegetable Oil "Avedov"

It all started when brothers Hovhannes and Stepan Avetyan moved from Persia to the Russian Empire in early 1890 and settled in the North Caucasus in the city of Arzamas, which had a significant Armenian population. Here, having correctly oriented themselves and manifested their unique business and trade skills, they bought a loss-making vegetable oil …

How Nikita Khrushchev Caught Fish in Lake Sevan

How Nikita Khrushchev Caught Fish

After an excursion to the renowned Armenian cognac factory, the leaders of Armenia drove Khrushchev to Lake Sevan. “You buzzed my ears about this lake… How’s it called… Sevan. It’s as if your national pride is going to die, the hydroelectric stations are to going stop, and the trout is going die,” Khrushchev said in …