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Kutina – Faience from Komitas’ Homeland

Kutina – Faience from Komitas’ Homeland

Kutina (also Kotyaion) was a city in historical Western Armenia. Now, it is called Kütahya. To us, Armenians, this city is better known as the birthplace of great composer Komitas. The inhabitants of Kutina were engaged in ceramics and the manufacture of earthenware products. Armenians and Greeks have been working in the 34 artisan blocks …

Ancient Step Pyramid Discovered in Armenia

Ancient Step Pyramid

For several years now, the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia has been conducting a number of archaeological excavations in the villages of the Ararat Valley. This year, investigations led the archaeologists to an unusual structure which was built in the 3th-2th millennia BC. Interestingly, the structure in …

Hollywood Star Eric Bogosian

Hollywood Star Eric Bogosian

Hollywood star and activist of the US Armenian community Eric Bogosian was born on April 24, 1953, in Woburn, Massachusetts. His father was a native of the city of Kapan, Zangezur, and the mother was from the city of Van, Western Armenia. Eric Bogosian says that he never celebrates his birthday because April 24 is …

Woodrow Wilson’s Request to the US Congress to Grant a Mandate Over Armenia

Woodrow Wilson's Request to the US Congress

Message from US President Woodrow Wilson to Congress requesting the authority of the United States to adopt a mandate for Armenia. May 24, 1920. “Dear congressmen, On May 14, the Presidential Commission received an official message from the Secretary of the United States Senate, containing the following preamble paragraphs and resolutions: Because the evidence provided …

Armenians Who Have Changed the Art of the United States

Armenians Who Have Changed the Art

1. Arshile Gorky (April 15, 1904 – July 21, 1948). Gorky was one of the founders of “abstract surrealism.” He is considered one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. His paintings are exhibited in all the largest galleries of the US, France, the UK, Italy, and Australia. Among the works showcased …

The Letter of Aharonyan to Hymans on the Aggression of Bolshevik Russia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey Against Armenia

The Letter of Aharonyan to Hymans

When publishing documents from the times of the occupation of the First Republic of Armenia by the Russian-Turkish forces, you feel persistent historical déjà vu and obvious parallels with what is happening now. Today, Russia is pursuing the same policy as the Bolshevik Russia did towards Armenia a hundred years ago. If you read the …

The US Military on Guard of Armenian Orphans – 1919

The US Military on Guard of Armenian Orphans

By order of US President Woodrow Wilson, the US military was engaged in organizing the protection of Armenian orphans during the Armenian Genocide, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid and other vital issues. During this period, the US government and private organizations allocated colossal funds to build orphanages for tens of thousands of …

Mozart’s Letter in the Museum of Yerevan

Mozart's Letter in the Museum of Yerevan

A letter written by Mozart on the night of July 4, 1778, is now kept in the Museum of Yerevan. To whom and about what does the world famous composer write, and how did the letter appear in Armenia? In Paris in 1778, several hours after the death of his mother, famous Austrian composer Wolfgang …

Rosy Armen – French Grace and Armenian Temperament

Rosy Armen – French Grace

Rosy Armen was born in Paris. In the creations of the singer, the French elegance and the solar temperament of her ancestors’ homeland, Armenia, were combined organically. Like all the famous singers of France, Rosy Armen began singing in cafes. This was preceded by classes at the conservatory and then her first tentative steps — …

Ways to Decipher Armenian Cryptograms

Ways to Decipher Armenian Cryptograms

We present to your attention a very interesting film on decrypting Armenian cryptograms. It turns out that this is not at all difficult. The film’s scriptwriter is Samvel Karapetyan, editor is Trdat Karapetyan, and composer is Aydina Davudi. A cryptogram is a type of puzzle that consists of a small piece of encrypted text. Typically, …

Unique Decree Signed by the Armenian King of Cilicia

Unique Decree Signed by the Armenian

We present to your attention an archival document compiled seven centuries ago in 1331. This document is a decree on the creation of a free trade zone with Europe signed by the Armenian King of Cilicia Levon IV. According to this decree, in order to organize trade, Levon IV granted special economic privileges to merchants …