Monthly archives: April, 2019

Cyrus and Tigran – Bosom Friends

Cyrus and Tigran – Bosom Friends

According to the Armenian tradition, Persian King Cyrus the Great and Armenian prince Tigran were long-time bosom friends who together defeated the Midian kingdom. Ancient Greek historian, commander, and politician Xenophon (5th-4th centuries BC) has written down the Persian legend about the friendly relations between Cyrus the Great and Armenian prince Tigran. Xenophon himself at …

Armenian Typography in Turkey

Armenian Typography in Turkey

Armenians were among the first to use the invention of Johannes Gutenberg, a German inventor who introduced printing to Europe. Since 1512, in countries of the world where there were Armenian communities, Armenian printing houses have been established, and books have been printed in Armenian. The Ottoman Empire was also involved in this process. In …

Mher Mkrtchyan – Silence That Everyone Understood

Mher Mkrtchyan – Silence

Mher Mkrtchyan’s performance of the role of Baghdasar in the 1600-seat theater in Los Angeles made a stunning impression on non-Armenian viewers as well. “After the scene of madness… I stayed on the stage for one minute and was silent for three minutes. At first, I looked at the viewers, thinking about what kind of …

An Ancient Throne of Mud Brick Found in Malatia

An Ancient Throne

According to Discovery, Italian archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a pedestal made of mud brick in the area of Malatia (east of Historical Armenia, now in Turkey). According to researchers from the Sapienza University of Rome, it has traces of charred wooden fragments that may be part of a throne. Three steps lead up …

Vatican Tried to Stop the Armenian Genocide

Vatican Tried to Stop the Armenian Genocide

According to the Italian TV channel Rome Reports, researchers of Vatican archival documents on the Armenian Genocide published the first book about the attempts of Pope Benedict XV and his curia to stop mass slaughters in the Ottoman Empire. The publication presents a chronological story about what measures the nuncio (the official diplomatic representative of …

Varazdat Kazanjian – Founder of Plastic Surgery

Varazdat Kazanjian

The basis of modern plastic surgery was laid at the beginning of the 20th century, and the American-Armenian surgeon Varazdat Kazanjian is considered one of its key contributors. Varazdat Kazanjian was born on March 18, 1879, in Erzincan (historical Western Armenia, now Turkey). At the age of 5, the boy witnessed the beginning of the …

Ancient Temple of Mithra Discovered in Historical Armenia

Ancient Temple of Mithra

In the Turkish province of Diyarbakir (in historical Western Armenia), scientists discovered a unique underground temple dedicated to the ancient deity Mithra. The structure is estimated to have an age of 1,700 years. According to the Turkish “Hurriyet”, the temple was discovered near the historic Zerzevan castle during archaeological excavations conducted by the staff of …

A Settlement of Archaic Humans in Yerevan

A Settlement of Archaic Humans

The oldest settlement in Yerevan was discovered by chance only 50 years ago. Then, passersby accidentally discovered remains of bones and skeletons in one of the favorite places of rest of the capital’s residents, Yerevan Lake. The relevant authorities responded to the discovery of the citizens and found out that the bones are the remains …

Memories of Soghomon Tehlirian’s Son – The Independent

Memories of Soghomon Tehlirian’s Son

“My father was not a murderer. He told me the story of the assassination of Mehmed Talaat Pasha when I was 10 years old,” said the son of Soghomon Tehlirian, whose name wasn’t disclosed at his own request, in an interview with the British newspaper “The Independent .” The British newspaper notes that the 86-year-old …

Demolition of Ancient Buildings in the Amberd Fortress Area

Demolition of Ancient Buildings

Who are these “people” who give permission for vandalism, thus making it legal? Who are these “people” who mercilessly destroy their own culture, if it is even theirs? Who are these “people” who consider themselves masters of the oldest buildings that have been standing for thousands of years and with which they have nothing to …

Sam Chikejian – A Boy From Canada – A Warrior Of World War I

Sam Chikejian – A Boy From Canada

Born in Armenia but living in the Canadian city of Brantford during World War I, Sam Chikejian was the youngest soldier from that city who fought and perished in the war. The local newspaper Brantford Expositor dedicated an article to this young soldier. According to the publication, Chikejian was determined to voluntarily enroll in military …