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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 …

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. …

Amaras Monastery – Artsakh, Armenia

Amaras Monastery – Artsakh, Armenia

Amaras Monastery (Armenian: Ամարասի վանք, Azerbaijani: Amaras monastırı) is a monastery of the early Middle Ages located in the southeastern areas of Artsakh. It has also been the residence of the Catholicos of the Albanian church. A major religious and cultural center of medieval Armenia, Amaras was subordinate to the Armenian Apostolic Church. According to …

George Maniakes – Byzantine-Armenian Commander

George Maniakes

The beginning of the 11th century was the peak of the glory of Byzantium of the era of the Macedonian dynasty. After the victorious campaigns of Emperor Basil II (reigned in 976-1025), the Eastern Roman Empire regained its sovereignty over a number of territories from the Armenian Mountains to the Italian Peninsula. But Basil was …

Astronomical Knowledge In Ancient Armenia

Astronomical Knowledge

Prehistoric settlement 30 kilometers from Yerevan, in the center of the fertile Ararat valley at the head of the Metsamor River, a five thousand years old settlement was found after years of archaeological excavations. But the most interesting findings were unearthed on the rocks surrounding the Metsamor settlement. One of them in about 200 meters …

Seven Monuments of Ancient Yerevan

Seven Monuments of Ancient Yerevan

Yerevan, the current and latest capital of the Armenian Highlands, houses a number of ancient historical and cultural monuments. The historical events of modern Yerevan are crucial for filling the open pages of the history of Armenian culture. Here, we can observe various cultures created over millennia from the most ancient times to the present …

The Spiritual Concept Of The Zvartnots Temple

The Spiritual Concept Of The Zvartnots Temple

Zvartnots has been copied more than once. Temples like it have been built in many other parts of Armenia. In addition, a Byzantine Emperor has also expressed a desire to build a similar creation for himself, though it’s unclear whether he has done so. There are three Armenian fruits that occupy a central position in …

Are Pre-Christian Armenian Books Lost Without A Trace?

Are Pre-Christian Armenian Books Lost

The postulate has become quite strong in Armenia that priestly and generally pre-Christian books have been lost completely and irrevocably. Of course, the struggle of Christianity and paganism was accompanied by the demolition of pagan temples and led to the fact that the last pagan krmapet (high priest), Arzan, actually declared war on Grigor Lusavorich …

How Did The Armenians Live In Babylon

How Did The Armenians Live In Babylon

Few people have ever wondered about how Armenians had lived in Babylon. And yet, their life and activity in Babylon had been quite remarkable. Armenians played a significant role in Babylon. The trade of Armenians with Babylon has been mentioned more than once by Greek authors. Herodotus described in detail how the Armenians on willow …

The Development Of Mathematical Knowledge In Ancient Armenia

Palaces and fortresses, roads and temples, bridges and irrigation systems built thousands of years ago testify to the development of mathematical knowledge in ancient Armenia. There is no doubt that in the educational institutions of Armenia, mathematics and natural sciences have been taught from ancient times. In the 5th century, the simplest fractions were known …

Medieval Map Of Armenia – Tabula Chorographica Armenica

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This large map from Tabula Chorographica Armenica (Constantinople 1691), a luxurious guide for elite traders and scholars, demonstrates the expansion of the Armenian Church at the end of the 17th century. Almost eight hundred objects are illustrated on the map, including large Armenian church centers – the Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin, Gandzasar, Aghtamar, Cilicia, and the …

Abagar – Amulet For Southern Slavs From King Abgar

Abagar (from “Abagarus” in honor of the legendary King Augar Ukkama, King of Osroene) is a printed and engraved amulet and prayer book made for Bulgarians and Serbs in the 17th-18th centuries. Abagar contains prayers, apocryphal conspiracies, gospel readings, and the apocryphal message of King Avgar to Jesus Christ. Abagar could be mounted to walls …