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Ashkharhazhoghs – Democracy in Ancient Armenia

Ashkharhazhoghs – Democracy

The references to democracy in Ancient Armenia through the Ashkharhazhogh conference (Armenian: World Assembly) are preserved in the writings of Romano-Jewish historian Josephus from the 1st century AD. In the pre-Christian era, the Ashkharhazhogh conference was usually convened every year on Navasard holidays at the sanctuary of the Vanatur temple in Bagavan located at the …

Another Armageddon in the Culture and Architecture of Armenia

Another Armageddon in the Culture

The photograph below shows a medieval bridge built in Oshakan by Nahapet of Edessa in 1691-1706. Under the bridge, modern hustlers mounted a swimming pool, turning the historic place into an entertainment and recreational area. It would be great to know who is the author of this monstrous “masterpiece”. It remains only to place dressing …

Methods of Turkification in the Ottoman Empire

Methods of Turkification

During the Armenian Genocide, various methods of punishment and violence were used against Armenian orphans in Turkish orphanages. This again indicates that Islamization and renaming were carried out by force. The first important condition for admission to an orphanage was renaming. Almost all orphans mention this in their memoirs. Garnik Banyan who had lived in …

Caricature of Abdul-Hamid in the Le Rire Magazine

Caricature of Abdul-Hamid

Le Rire (French: “Laughter”) was a famous French magazine published in Paris from 1894 to 1950 and for a short time in the 1970s. Le Rire is considered one of the most successful Parisian satirical publications. The magazine covered the main events of art and culture, as well as did not bypass politics, ridiculing corruption …

Church of St. Gevorg in Mughni

Church of St. Gevorg in Mughni

Mughni Monastery is located in the village of the same name north of the town of Ashtarak in Aragatsotn Province. The complex includes the main church of St. Gevorg (1661–1669) with a gallery, a refectory, the abbot’s apartments, and office premises. The buildings of the monastery are surrounded by a beautiful & well-kept garden and …

Agulis – This City Was Once Armenian

Agulis – This City Was Once Armenian

“Agulis is no more, but there is a need to talk about it. To my shame, living in Azerbaijan, I did not know that there, in the Nakhichevan region, this early medieval city used to be preserved until 2010. However, not a word was officially spoken about this city in Azerbaijan because it was Armenian. …

Mamrot Kar Waterfall – Artsakh, Armenia

Mamrot Kar Waterfall – Artsakh, Armenia

The Mamrot Kar waterfall is also known as Hovanots or Shushva Umbrella. The root of the waterfall is a deep water source originating in the stone of the canyon, which gives rise to a continuously running waterfall in the form of a huge umbrella covered with moss (“mamur” in Armenian, hence the name “Mamrot Kar”, …

Azerbaijan – Turkey’s Clone With Innate Expansionism

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The Azerbaijani state was created by the Turks in the image and likeness of the Ottoman Empire. Its aggressive expansionist policy towards the Armenians is a direct consequence and manifestation of the nature of this state created by alien conquerors from Asia. The policy of genocide and ethnic cleansing carried out in the Ottoman Empire …

Komitas Performed by Japanese Musicians

Komitas Performed by Japanese Musicians

Japanese musicians Amy Matsubara and Toshiko Ono impressed the Internet by performing works of the great Armenian composer Komitas. To the accompaniment of pianist Takahiro Akiba, who, by the way, had been in Armenia more than once, the musicians performed “Oh Nazan” and “Dle yaman”. Their performances were published on the webpage of the Komitas …

Aytsemnik – Armenian Warrior and Military Leader

Aytsemnik – Armenian Warrior

Aytsemnik’s character is extremely important in Armenian history and ideology. In the Soviet years, the study of her heroic biography was part of the school curriculum. Unfortunately, at the moment, interest in her figure has waned. And this threatens oblivion to her not only as an interesting historical person but also as an example of …

The Production of Armenian Brandy – Secrets of Ararat

The Production of Armenian Brandy

It would seem that not a single drink can compete with brandy made in France. But the history of the production of Armenian brandy proved the opposite. The production of the Ararat brandy is unquestioningly following the traditions and standards of the brandy business, as well as is an example of incessant pursuit of perfection. …

The Location of the City of Tegarama (Togarmah)

The Location of the City of Tegarama

The city of Tegarama, which is mentioned in Hittite sources and identified with the biblical Togarmah, is usually localized by researchers on the right bank of the Upper Euphrates, on the site of modern Gürün (west of Malatia). According to new interpretations, the city of Tegarama was located north of Malatia near the mouth of …

Video Chronology of the History of Armenia

Video Chronology of the History of Armenia

Someone did an excellent job making the chronology of the territory of Armenia throughout different historical periods and ruling dynasties. I have always felt the need for such a compilation which could make it possible to quickly clarify the ruler and the territory in a given period of the history of Armenia. It is a …