Category: Culture

Paul McCartney and Vigen Terterian – The Story of a Photo

In February and March 1968, the musicians of the famous British band The Beatles, who were inspired by Eastern philosophy and music, arrived in India. Paul McCartney was accompanied by actress Jane Asher, with whom he was engaged at the time. On their way back from India to England, Paul and Jane decided to stay

An Armenian Textbook on Aramean and Syriac Studies Was Published in the US

The academic publishing house Gorgias Press headquartered in the state of New Jersey, which occupies a leading position in the field of publications on oriental literature in the US, published an English translation of the textbook “Introduction to Aramean and Syriac Studies.” The author of the textbook is a lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental

The Christian Cross for Armenians is a Symbol of Love and Salvation

On September 16, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates one of its five major church holidays – the Feast of the Cross (Armenian: Khachverats). Khachverats is celebrated in the memory of the return and glorification of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord. The Armenian Church celebrates this feast on the Sunday between September 11 and 17.

Armenian Jazz Presented in The History of European Jazz

On birthdays and especially on anniversaries, it is customary to make gifts. So, in the year of its eightieth birthday, Armenian jazz received a wonderful gift. The book “The History of European Jazz; The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context” beautifully published by the British publishing house Equinox contains information about jazz music and musicians

The Five Oldest Streets of Yerevan

Yerevan is the current and twelfth capital of Armenia. Before it, the capital cities of Armenia have been Van, Armavir, Yervandashat, Artashat, Tigranakert, Vagharshapat, Dvin, Bagaran, Shirakavan, Kars, and Ani. The current Armenian capital founded in 782 BC is 29 years older than Rome. The city was founded by King of Urartu Argishti I. The

Winter Meals in Armenian Villages

The winters in Armenia can be harsh. Even in the relatively warm Ararat valley, the temperature sometimes goes as low as -38 degrees Celsius. Therefore, the population has always thoroughly prepared for winter. For example, they baked and stocked up on lavash (Armenian flatbread) for the entire winter. Stocks of dairy products, cereals, legumes, and

The Armenian Alphabet in a Dutch Engraving from 1690

The Armenian culture, literature, and history have always been at the center of attention of European art historians and publishers. Dutch painter, engraver, and poet Jan Luyken lived and worked in Amsterdam in the late 17th – early 18th century. His most famous works are the illustrations for the five-volume cartographic atlas “Nieuwe Lichtende Zee-Fakkel”

Grigor Tatevatsi – Prominent Armenian Scientist, Philosopher

Grigor Tatevatsi (1346-1409 or 1410) was a prominent Armenian scholar, philosopher, theologian, and teacher of the Middle Ages. He was the rector of Tatev University in Armenia. Together with his teacher Hovhannes Vorotnetsi, he was one of the main representatives of the Tatev school. Tatevatsi was born in 1346 in the town of Tmok (now

St. Vartan Cathedral – The First Armenian Cathedral in North America

The Cathedral of St. Vartan is the first cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church in North America. Built in 1969, it has been designed to resemble ancient Armenian temples. The construction of the cathedral had been conceived back in 1926 when the young Armenian community of New York raised 100 thousand dollars. Three years later,

Medieval Armenian Philosopher Hovhannes Imastasser

One of the greatest medieval Armenian philosophers, scientists, theologians, poets, mathematicians, cosmologists, and a successor of the traditions of Aristotle was Hovhannes Imastasser (Hovhannes Sarkavag, 1047-1129). Little is known about his biography. The information that we have comes from a manuscript biography rewritten in 1375. The author of this manuscript, apparently, lived in the middle

The Plain of Mush – Msho Dashter

The Mush plain is a small fertile plain situated in the middle reaches of the Aratsani River (Murad) where it connects with its tributary Meghraget (Karasu). “Msho Dasht” (Մշո դաշտ) means “Mush plain” in Armenian. According to an ancient Armenian legend, goddess Anahit loved to swim in the waters of the Meghraget river at night.

Khor Virap Against the Backdrop of Ararat – Photo’s History

At the age of 18, a Norwegian young man Christian Lindgren left school and began to travel the world in search of adventure, as well as to follow his passion for photography. By the age of 27, he had already visited 97 countries, including Armenia, taking highly interesting photographs. This was reported by British tabloid

Dilijan – Armenian Switzerland Reborn – The Huffington Post

In a 90 km drive northeast of the lively capital of Armenia Yerevan, the highway narrows, turning into mountain roads. You drive into the Tavush Province famous for its resort town of Dilijan. An unusually hot and humid summer makes vacationers flock to the “Armenian Switzerland” not only from all over the country but also

Surb Astvatsatsin Church of Yerevan Quarter of Nork

The Church of St. Astvatsatsin crowns the heights of the Yerevan quarter of Nork. The church is located not far from the former villa residence of the Ter-Avetikyan family, famous entrepreneurs of that time. The church was destroyed by an earthquake of 1679. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was rebuilt with the

Culture of Armenia – Key to the Perception of Ancient Civilizations

The “Komitas” disc continues the international popularization of Armenian music. Every culture has a future if it lives, constantly breathes, attracts international interest, and if it is of universal human value. Armenian music is deep and universal, and it can become an important key to the perception of ancient civilizations. One of the most important