Category «Antiquities»

Khoranashat Monastery And The Armenian Karas Are Among Endangered European Heritage Sites – Europa Nostra

Khoranashat Monastery

Europa Nostra, a pan-European federation of associations that promote and protect the cultural heritage and natural environment of Europe, has shortlisted 14 European heritage sites for the “7 Most Endangered” program for 2020. The 8th-century Khoranashat Monastery located in the border village of Chinari, Tavush Province, Armenia, and the karas, a traditional Armenian clay pot …

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 …