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Armenia Through the Eyes of Roffi Petrossian

Armenia Through the Eyes of Roffi Petrossian

He loved Armenia, and Armenia loved him. Born in the American city of Seattle, Roffi once came to Armenia at the call of the Motherland and decided not to return back. For 4 months, he has on foot walked around Armenia, opening the country for himself and for TV viewers within the framework of the …

Everyone Plays Backgammon in Armenia

Everyone Plays Backgammon in Armenia

It is difficult to imagine an Armenian without backgammon. Sure, the age of the Internet has radically changed our way of life, and today’s young people are increasingly hanging out in the online space. But there was a time when almost everybody played backgammon in Armenia, from young to old. However, the middle generation and …

Etchmiadzin Cathedral – A Testament to Universal History – Christian Portal Aleteia

Etchmiadzin Cathedral - A Testament to Universal History

The Christian portal Aleteia.org writes that the Etchmiadzin Cathedral built in 301 AD by Gregory the Illuminator is a testament to both Armenian and universal history. The Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Vagharshapat (the official name of Etchmiadzin) is the main church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Both historians and archaeologists unanimously claim that this is the …

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier’s Journey to Yerevan

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier’s Journey to Yerevan

French merchant and traveler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier visited the East six times – in particular, Turkey, Persia, and India – between 1631 and 1668. Tavernier not only conducted trade affairs but also made valuable notes about the cities he had visited, as well as made sketches that would be reproduced in the form of engravings. In …

“Ruins of Armenia. Ani” – The First Photo Album of the Ancient Capital by Hovhannes Kyurkchyan – 1880

“Ruins of Armenia. Ani” – The First Photo Album

Hovhannes Kyurkchyan was the first Armenian photographer to shoot Ani and to make the first photo album with its sceneries. The unique card compilation “Ruins of Armenia. Ani” (“Ruines d’Arménie. Ani”) was printed in Vienna, but the title page of the compilation and stereoscopic maps contain the name of Kyurkchyan’s hometown Yerevan. The inscriptions to …

Armenian Jazz Presented in The History of European Jazz

Armenian Jazz Presented

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

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

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 Alphabet

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” …