Monthly archives: April, 2020

The Russian-Turkish Union And The Fall Of Georgia

The Russian-Turkish Union

On September 23, 1920, Turkey invaded the Republic of Armenia without declaring war. This marked the beginning of the Armenian-Turkish war. The Russian-Turkish Union was formed as well. On November 18, the Armenian-Turkish agreement with tough terms for Armenians was signed. This agreement would lead to hostilities between Armenia and Turkey. On November 29, “in …

King Gagik II – The Last Of The Bagratunis

King Gagik II – The Last Of The Bagratunis

Constantine IX Monomachos on the pretext of negotiations summoned the last representative of the Bagratid dynasty King Gagik II to Constantinople, which allowed him to occupy the Kingdom of Ani in 1045. Constantine forbade Gagik II to return to his homeland. Then, granting Gagik the district of Lycandus and the town of Pizu in Cappadocia …

Sanam Mutafyan In Turkey’s Brutal Assimilation Policy

Sanam Mutafyan In Turkey’s Brutal Assimilation Policy

Sanam Muğdimiyan (nee Mutafyan) was born in Van in 1893. During the Armenian deportations, Sanam along with her brother Vanush was first sent to Van from Diyarbakir, then to Akşehir, and, finally, to Yalvaç. Sanam became a victim of the Turkish assimilation policy. However, she has always tried to return Armenian children to their roots, …

Archaeological Finds In Historical Armenia

Archaeological Finds In Historical Armenia

A 250-year-old grain silo from Kharberd This grain silo found by a farmer in Kharberd of Western Armenia was taken under state protection. This silo was discovered by the farmer during sowing. Specialists studied the silo and came to the conclusion that it is aged about 250 years and had been used as grain storage …

The Ownerless Cultural Heritage Of Historical Armenia

The Ownerless Cultural Heritage

Varagavank in poor condition The Varagavank monastery is located at the foot of Mount Erek 10 km from the city of Van in Western Armenia. This 11th-century monastery is now located in the vicinity of the village of Yukar-Bakrakhl. The Varagavank monastery was built by the Armenian ruler of Vaspurakan and was named in honor …

Destruction Of The Armenian Heritage In Historical Armenia

Destruction Of The Armenian Heritage

Kharberd’s (now Elazig) 600-year-old Armenian historical buildings in Historical Armenia are now being damaged and destroyed by robbers. For centuries, these historic buildings have survived many natural and manmade cataclysms but are now falling to treasure hunters. These hunters are not only destroying history but are also desecrating 600 years old Armenian graves in the …

US Assistance During The 1918-20 Typhoid Epidemic In Armenia

US Assistance During The 1918-20

April 23 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Armenian-American diplomatic relations. “In the winter of 1918-1919, typhus reigned in Armenia. Combined with the famine, the disease was especially brutal. The streets of Yerevan were a terrifying sight – many refugees had to live out in the open and suffer mercilessly. Every minute, yells …

Monuments Of Historical Armenia In Deplorable Condition

Monuments Of Historical Armenia

The house of priests near the Kars fortress in Historical Armenia is in poor condition The Church of the 12 Apostles and the House of Priests near the Kars Fortress in Historical Armenia are among the most important tourist and historical locations in the area and are included in the register of historical buildings. The …