Category «Culture»

Martiros Saryan – Church of Karmravor

Martiros Saryan – Church of Karmravor

In the city of Ashtarak, Aragatsotn Province, there is the small and beautiful Church of the Holy Mother of God (Surb Astvatsatsin). It was constructed in the 7th century by the priests Manas and Grigor. The church is colloquially known as Karmravor Church, with “karmravor” meaning “reddish” in Armenian. The cross-domed Church of Karmravor is …

From the History of Armenian Communities

From the History of Armenian Communities

Many national cultural centers — centers of social thought, education, science, art, and printing — have been formed far outside the borders of the historical homeland of the Armenian people. So has been its fate. Nor Jugha, Istanbul, Calcutta, Madras, Venice, Vienna, Marseille, Paris, Lviv, Astrakhan, Grigoriopol, and Nakhichevan-on-Don – this is not a complete …

Alain Delon in the Films of Henri Verneuil

Alain Delon in the Films of Henri Verneuil

“You are too handsome, you won’t have a brilliant career,” producers told Alain Delon at the very beginning of his film path. However, refusals did not plunge the future artist into despondency. Once, Delon met famous director Yves Allégret. In 1957, Delon made his debut film, which was Allégret’s “Send a Woman When the Devil …

Architecture of Vaspurakan – Armenian Renaissance

Architecture of Vaspurakan

The beginning of the epoch which we call the Armenian Renaissance dates back to the 10th-11th centuries – the period of the “centenary peace” and well-being of Armenia, when the country experienced a spiritual revival, giving free rein to the accumulated thirst for creativity. Freeing itself from the grip of the church and social dogma, …

From Gyumri to Ani – City of a Thousand and One Church

From Gyumri to Ani

From Alexandropol (Gyumri) to Ani, a city of a thousand and one churches… Once, this was the route of travelers and historians to the ruins of the ancient city, the capital of the Armenian Kingdom of Bagratids. Now, this trip is almost impossible. Russian hydrographer and writer Alexander Petrovich Andreev (1820–1882) once traveled to Western …

Old Quarters of Yerevan

Old Quarters of Yerevan

Before the reunification of Eastern Armenia with Russia, the territory of Yerevan was approximately thirty square kilometers, most of which were gardens and other green areas. At that time, Yerevan was divided into three main parts – Shahar (main city), Demir-Bulagh (Karhanq), and Kond. Cut off from the city, Nork spread on an eastern hill. …

Oleg Shestinsky On the Contribution of Armenians to World History

Oleg Shestinsky On the Contribution

Many national cultural centers — centers of social thought, education, science, art, and printing — were formed far beyond the borders of the historical homeland of the Armenian people. Nor Jugha, Istanbul, Calcutta, Madras, Moscow, Venice, Vienna, Marseille, Paris, Lviv, Astrakhan, Grigoriopol, and Nakhichevan-on-Don. This is not a complete list, but it also includes the …

Hakobavank Monastery – Artsakh, Armenia

Hakobavank Monastery – Artsakh, Armenia

The monastery of Hakobavank (literally “monastery of Hakob”) or Metsaranits is located in the Martakert district of Artsakh in 1.5 km from the village of Kolatak (the historic province of Mets Hayk, the province of Metsarank, later renamed to Lower Khachen). In historical chronicles, there is no information on the specific date of the establishment …

Caricature of Abdul-Hamid in the Le Rire Magazine

Caricature of Abdul-Hamid

Le Rire (French: “Laughter”) was a famous French magazine published in Paris from 1894 to 1950 and for a short time in the 1970s. Le Rire is considered one of the most successful Parisian satirical publications. The magazine covered the main events of art and culture, as well as did not bypass politics, ridiculing corruption …

Agulis – This City Was Once Armenian

Agulis – This City Was Once Armenian

“Agulis is no more, but there is a need to talk about it. To my shame, living in Azerbaijan, I did not know that there, in the Nakhichevan region, this early medieval city used to be preserved until 2010. However, not a word was officially spoken about this city in Azerbaijan because it was Armenian. …

Komitas Performed by Japanese Musicians

Komitas Performed by Japanese Musicians

Japanese musicians Amy Matsubara and Toshiko Ono impressed the Internet by performing works of the great Armenian composer Komitas. To the accompaniment of pianist Takahiro Akiba, who, by the way, had been in Armenia more than once, the musicians performed “Oh Nazan” and “Dle yaman”. Their performances were published on the webpage of the Komitas …

The Production of Armenian Brandy – Secrets of Ararat

The Production of Armenian Brandy

It would seem that not a single drink can compete with brandy made in France. But the history of the production of Armenian brandy proved the opposite. The production of the Ararat brandy is unquestioningly following the traditions and standards of the brandy business, as well as is an example of incessant pursuit of perfection. …

The Unique Armenian City of Hasankeyf

The Unique Armenian City of Hasankeyf

Why do we know nothing about this city? Well-known designer, jeweler, and traveler Nour tells about this amazing city and its mysteries. He and his friends recently visited Western Armenia and, at the insistence of the Kurds, paid a visit to Hasankeyf. “…In the territory of Western Armenia, we had specific destinations – Arsamey, Nemrut …

Monastery of Holy Virgin, Neghuts, Armenia

Monastery of Holy Virgin, Neghuts

The Monastery of Holy Virgin is located 1 km northwest of the village of Arzakan. It consists of a church, a porch, and a separate chapel. Arzakan was known as Artavazdakan in the Middle Ages. This village is famous for its numerous hot springs. Near the monastery is a cemetery rich in khachkars. The church …

Chopin About the Country of Armenia

Chopin About the Country of Armenia

“The country known as Armenia was once a fairly significant state, which extended in length from the banks of the Euphrates River to the Kur and the Caspian Sea for 1,500 versts (around 1,500 km or 932 mi), and in width from the lands of the Laz people, Colchis, the Caucasus Mountains, and Iberia to …