Category «Culture»

The Cilician School of Miniature

The Cilician School of Miniature

Armenian miniature and book art reached the peak of their development in Cilicia in the 13th century. The Cilician school was formed in the 12th century and existed until the 1480s. During this period, talented artists like Grigor Mlitsi, Kostandin, Vardan, Kirakos, Hovhannes, Toros Roslin, Grigor Pitsak, Sargis Pitsak, and Hovhannes Arkayeghbayr worked in the …

Armenians in The Unique Culture of India

Armenians in The Unique Culture of India

India and Armenia are bound by a centuries-old friendship. India has always attracted Armenians with its unique culture, traditions, history and, of course, exotic goods. The first written evidence that the Armenians had well known the roads to India and possessed a wealth of information about this country is found in ancient Greek writer, commander, …

Yerevan – Gilbert Sinoué

Yerevan – Gilbert Sinoué

“Look at these houses at the foot of the mountains! Here lived the Aparajyans, Shavroyans, Yakubyans, and many others, your brothers, sisters, and mothers by blood. That was hundreds of years ago. People have a short memory, but the earth does not forget anything. It keeps traces of our ancestors, our Armenia.” “Armenia?” asked surprised …

The Five Principalities of Artsakh

The Five Principalities of Artsakh

“The melikdoms (princedoms) of Khamsa are five small principalities, which, adjacent to each other, form an entire region known as Artsakh, or Lesser Syunik. In more distant times, it was part of the country of Aghvank. The five principalities mentioned are as follows: 1. Gulistan or Talysh, extending from the river Kurak-Chai, that is, from …

Charents and Sevak in Hindi

Charents and Sevak in Hindi

Indian literary critic Dr. Suman Keshari studies the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire and translates the works of Armenian authors, including Yeghishe Charents, Hovhannes Tumanyan, Daniel Varuzhan, and Paruyr Sevak, to Hindi so that Indians can get acquainted with Armenian literature. “When I first learned about the Armenian Genocide, I realized that for some …

Monuments of Armenian Architecture – Aghitu Memorial

Monuments of Armenian Architecture

Among the monuments of Armenian architecture of the 5th-7th centuries, steles and memorial buildings occupy a special place. The 6th-century memorial to Orbelian Princes in Aghitu causes more admiration than any other monument of this kind. The stele of this monument would be replicated in the architecture of the towers and two-story mausoleum monuments of …

Ani on The Engravings of Charles Texier

Ani on The Engravings of Charles Texier

In 1833, the French government sent a research expedition to Asia Minor, led by famous French historian and archaeologist Charles Texier (Félix Marie Charles Texier, 22 August 1802, Versailles – 1 July 1871, Paris). The expeditionary group studied the areas of ancient Phrygia, Cappadocia, and Lycia. In 1834, the group discovered the ruins of Hattusa, …

From the History of Printed Media of Armenia

From the History of Printed Media of Armenia

The Armenian printed media has played a huge role in the development of socio-political thought and scientific and cultural life, as well as in the dissemination of European values in Armenian reality. Armenian print media was founded in October 1794 in the Indian city of Madras. The first Armenian newspaper was “Azdarar” (“Herald”), which was …

Rafael Patkanyan – Who Is an Armenian?

Rafael Patkanyan – Who Is an Armenian?

Who is an Armenian? Surely, the one who speaks Armenian? Or the one whose last name rhymes with “yan”? Anyone who is ready to eat pilaf and dolma for dinner day after day? Or the one for whom the Armenian hat and costume is an honor? Who is an Armenian? Surely the one who visits …

The Armenian Library and Museum of America

The Armenian Library and Museum of America

The history of the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) started in 1971 when a group of Armenians began collecting Armenian books and items in an Armenian parish church in Belmont, Massachusetts. In 1985, the decently increased collection was opened to the public for the first time. ALMA moved to its current location in …

Monte Melkonyan and Kristapor Ivanyan

Monte Melkonyan and Kristapor Ivanyan

In 2017 was published the book of Senor Hasratyan “Heroes”, representing the life and activity of Heroes of Artsakh, holders of the Golden Eagle order Monte Charles Melkonyan (Avo) and Kristapor Ivan Ivanyan. Artsakhpress reports that the book aims to immortalize the Artsakh national liberation struggle that unfolded at the end of the 20th century, …

Miraculously Preserved Unique Armenian Manuscripts

Miraculously Preserved

Each manuscript has its own destiny. Just like people. The fate of the most ancient Armenian manuscripts repeats the path of the Armenians themselves: exile, loss, and finding their homeland. This is how the Armenian manuscript heritage is characterized by Doctor of Historical Sciences Gevorg Ter-Vardanyan, head of the Matenadaran manuscript storage. By the will …