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How Ancient Volcanoes Created Armenia’s Pink City

How Ancient Volcanoes Created Armenia’s Pink City

In the capital city of Yerevan, volcanic rock flows pink As you approach the Armenian capital of Yerevan, you can look up and see Mount Ararat towering in the distance, casting its shadow on a city shrouded in pink. Yerevan has come to be known as Armenia’s Pink City for exactly this view: its Soviet-era buildings …

Iron Ladle by Khrimyan Hayrig

Iron Ladle by Khrimyan Hayrig

Before revolutionaries, there was Hayrig. Mkrtich Khrimyan, known by the diminutive Hayrig, was a patriotic leader in the 19th century. Though a clergyman, he made no secret of his nationalism and was even made to resign his position as Patriarch of Constantinople. Before being chosen to serve as Catholicos and thus returning to the clergy, …

Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?

Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?

A new generation of wineries are going to painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of historic clay karases After a bit of searching, my driver and I arrive at our destination: Rind, a remote village on Armenia’s western border. Modest residences are strung together along its bumpy, dirt roads. The little community seemingly in the middle …

What’s an Ancient Roman Temple Doing in Armenia? – Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian Magazine

What’s an Ancient Roman Temple Doing in Armenia? - Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian Magazine

Shrouded in mystery, the Temple of Garni offers a rare glimpse into pre-Christian Caucasia “Church fatigue?” my tour guide asked rhetorically, noticing my dragging feet and glazed-over eyes. I’d never heard the term, but after eight hours of monastery-hopping under the Armenian sun, it certainly resonated. It was only 3 o’clock, and we’d already hit St. …

“Bon Voyage” film reveals the true nature of the unrecognized status of Artsakh

“Bon Voyage” film reveals the true nature of the unrecognized status of Artsakh

Despite being filmed two years prior to the 44-day war between Azeris and Armenia, Garegin Papoyan‘s film about Artsakh’s airport is still quite relevant and a must-see for anyone interested in Artsakh’s unrecognized status. His approach to telling the story of this pristinely renovated yet non-operational airport is hypnotizing, keeping you waiting for the next scene …

Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture

Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture

The article was published in 2018 on the Smithsonianmag website. Reprinted at ArtATsolum without corrections and abbreviations. A modestly sized landlocked nation framed by the Black Sea to the west and the Caspian to the east, Armenia links the southernmost former Soviet Socialist Republics with the arid sprawl of the Middle East. Armenia’s own geography …

12 Unique Ways to Experience Armenia Off the Beaten Path

12 Unique Ways to Experience Armenia Off the Beaten Path

If you are like most first time visitors to Armenia, you are sure to tour the ancient monasteries, explore the national museums and visit the historic brandy factories. But there are many amazing things to do in Armenia beyond the usual guidebook highlights. This past summer, I had a chance to visit Hayastan​, the Armenian name …

The Armenian Language: Answers Of A Linguist

The Armenian Language: Answers Of A Linguist

Armenians who are not linguists are often under the incorrect impression that there are only two possibilities for Armenian origins: either Armenian is the only Indo-European language who stayed in place or Armenian is descendant from Phrygian, following Herodotus’s claim that Armenians were Phrygian colonists. Yet, mainstream historical linguists are convinced by neither position. It …

A Crash Course in Armenian History

A Crash Course in Armenian History

The two days I spent in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, were Feb. 25 to 27, 2015. But it didn’t feel that way. Everything I did and everywhere I went seemed suffused with the past; my trip turned, unexpectedly and unintentionally, into a crash course in Armenian history. I ate and made friends and drank beer …

Nina Katchadourian’s Eccentric Existentialism

Nina Katchadourian’s Eccentric Existentialism

In her first show at Pace, an artist driven by curiosity and a penchant for the absurd tries to understand the world. The results are touching and sometimes hilarious. Nina Katchadourian is a sculptor, a printmaker, a photographer, a performance artist, a video artist, a sound artist — but more than any of those things she …

From Wool to Elegant Carpets: The Smoothest Route Through Armenia

From Wool to Elegant Carpets: The Smoothest Route Through Armenia

Explore Armenia through its rich tapestry of textile production. In the summer of 2020, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s My Armenia Program partnered with Armenian publication Yerevan Magazine to publish a special issue highlighting community-based cultural heritage tourism in the country. Over the next few months, the Center will publish English translations of the articles to Smithsonian Voices. During this difficult …

This Armenian Life – The New York Times

This Armenian Life - The New York Times

Greater Los Angeles is a collection of not just smaller cities but also exotic populations. Among those cities is Glendale (not so small: it would be the second-most-populous city in New England), a center of the Armenian diaspora and home to one of the world’s largest Armenian populations outside Armenia. Fleeing religious violence in the …