Monthly archives: January, 2020

The Ayanis Fortress – Van, Historical Armenia

The Ayanis Fortress – Van

Archaeological works in Ayanis were launched by the Prehistoric and Middle Eastern Archaeological Department of the Ege University of the city of Smyrna (Turkish name Izmir) in 1989. The works have initially been supervised by A. Chilingiroglu. Ayanis is located 38 km north of the city of Van, in the territory of the village of …

The Unique Armenian Cave Temple Of Derevank

The Unique Armenian Cave Temple

Armenian cave temples are part of the country’s early Christian history. They appeared in the caves where the first preachers of Christianity had found dwelling and where the first Christian communities had been located. The study of this piece of Armenian heritage is now difficult since most of these cave temples are now in Turkey. …

The Connection Between Portasar and Karahunj

The Connection Between

The sixth series of “The Voice of Ararat” program produced by “Free Voice Media” is dedicated to the ancient structure of Portasar. Located about 100 km from the ancient city of Urfa, Portasar is the oldest known complex on the Armenian Highlands. This complex is aged 10-12,000 years, and it may be even older. With …

The La Armenia Park In The Capital Of Ecuador

The La Armenia Park

The authorities of the Ecuadorian capital Quito have expanded the city park area. Since 1954, the La Armenia Park has been located in Quito. In the park used to be the villa of Ecuadorian General and hero of the Ecuadorian-Peruvian War of 1941 Maurinho Jorge Derlugian. After his passing, his manor, as the general himself …

Bowls With Armenian inscriptions Found In Rostov Oblast

Bowls With Armenian inscriptions

An archaeological expedition carrying out excavations in the territory of the city of Azov (Azak) in the Rostov Oblast discovered a 14th-century residential estate. This discovery changed the way scientists think about the boundaries of the city located on the banks of the Don. Throughout the expedition in the estate, archaeologists found various items belonging …

The Hamshen Armenian Dialect And Hamshen Grammar

The Hamshen Armenian Dialect

Finally came the moment for us to publish not lamentable but joyful news about Hamshen and Hamshen Armenians. For the first time, the Hamshenis of Turkey had the opportunity to learn their native language at a new, completely different level. The textbook “Hamşetsnak Lizu Kidanutun” (“The grammar of the Hamshen language”) authored by intellectual and …

An Unusual Interview With Charles Aznavour

An Unusual Interview

During a trip to Israel in 2017, Charles Aznavour gave an interview to the local Zahav newspaper. We present to you excerpts from this interview. Many of those who were born in exile do not feel anything for their country of origin – they simply aren’t aware of it. You are an exception. How do …

The Peri Fairy In The Tradition Of Hamshen

The Peri Fairy

Peris (Armenian: փերի, fairy) were fantastic creatures in the form of beautiful women. Peris were also close to “genie-women”, which can be seen from the fact that the Hamshenis referred to insane people as ones “captured or struck by the peri” (փերու չառտմա/պռվաձկ). The peri society was organized like human society. Particularly, it had its …

Sakravor – Warrior Of Ancient Armenia

Sakravor – Warrior Of Ancient Armenia

Sakravor (Armenian: Սակրավոր, from the word sakura, that is, ax) was a soldier in the ancient Armenian army usually armed with an ax. Sakravors have also had shovels and some other tools. The sakravor squads paved roads, built bridges, cut down forests, set up military camps, trenches, and engaged in other forms of military engineering. …