Monthly archives: September, 2021

Explore an Ancient Cave City in Armenia

Explore an Ancient Cave City in Armenia

Residents lived in Old Khndzoresk up until the 1950s In a rural corner of southeastern Armenia, livestock walk in and out of rooms carved into the cliffside, grazing among the ancient rock-hewn homes of Old Khndzoresk, a multi-level village built into the volcanic rocks. Archaeological evidence suggests habitation of the excavated caves goes back over a …

Unearthing Armenia’s Giant – Ancient Earthenware

Unearthing Armenia’s Giant - Ancient Earthenware

These 240-gallon clay karases, crucial to the early development of winemaking, once held enormous value Karine Vann is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn and a storytelling contributor to My Armenia, where she writes about Armenia’s rich natural and cultural heritage. The enormous 240-gallon clay vessel, or karas, was nestled snugly in the corner of Asli Saghatelyan’s maran (storage …

A Photographer Documents Post-war Artsakh

A Photographer Documents Post-war Artsakh

Scout Tufankjian spent a month in post-war Artsakh to witness the controversial ceasefire that would involve the removal of lands from the sovereignty of the Republic of Artsakh. Photographer Scout Tufankjian was glued to her screens like Armenians around the world following news of developments in Artsakh. After the ceasefire was announced, she decided to …

The story of Hasan Jalal Dawla – An Armenian prince of Artsakh

The story of Hasan Jalal Dawla - An Armenian prince of Artsakh

In 1240 CE, an Armenian prince by the name of Hasan Jalal Dawla attended the consecration of the Church of St. John the Baptist (in Armenian, Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich) within the monastic complex of Gandzasar (an Armenian name meaning “mountain of treasure”). The event was held on the Feast of the Transfiguration (Vardavar) and, according to …

Two Iranian documentaries win at Armenian film festival

Two Iranian documentaries win at Armenian film festival

Directed and produced by Abdolqader Khaledi, ‘Balora’ has won the special jury award in the short documentary section at the 7th edition of the Armenian festival. ‘Kal Fatemeh’ by Mehdi Zamanpour Kiasari, also won an award at the Apricot Tree Ujan International Documentary Film Festival.  Kal Fatemeh is about a woman who lives on her own farm away …