Category «Culture»

The Lor Village and its Mysteries

The Lor Village and its Mysteries – Syunik, Armenia

Name origin. The village of Lor was first mentioned in 839. History says that the village received its name in honor of the brave prince Lorik, who ruled the medieval principality of Syunik. From the written sources of the time, it is known that the prince was very respected among his people. He managed to fill …

Houshamadyan – The Book of Memories

Houshamadyan - The Book of Memories

In 2010, German historians of Armenian origin Vahe Tashchyan and Elke Hartman created the “Houshamadyan” (Յուշամատեան, a “Book of Memories”) website, a documentary and historical project for the reconstruction of the life of the Armenians in the Ottoman Turkey. “Houshamadyan” is a non-profit scientific organization. Their project covers all aspects of the history of the …

The First Coffee Shop in Vienna – 1683

The First Coffee Shop in Vienna - 1683

In 1683, the Turks besieged Vienna. Polish immigrant Franz Kolschitzky (Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki), who had eastern appearance, boldly crossed the front line, carrying messages from the army to the city and back. Thanks to his heroism, the Turkish troops were defeated and forced to retreat, abandoning their exotic property. Among the abandoned items were bags …

Ancient Architectural Miracles of Armenia

Ancient Architectural Miracles of Armenia

Some consider Armenia a museum in the open air due to the country’s rich culture, architecture, and sights. Monasteries and temples are an integral part of its culture. There are more than 2,000 churches on the territory of the modern Republic of Armenia. Unfortunately, some of them are partially destroyed or left to their own …

UAE City Ras al-Khaimah Was Founded by Armenians

UAE City Ras al-Khaimah Was Founded by Armenians

According to His Highness Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, a member of the Supreme Council and the current sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, the city of Ras al-Khaimah was historically known as Julfar and was founded by Armenians who fled Persia during the Mongol invasion. During the telecast, His …

Yarkhushta, Ancient Armenian Military Dance

Yarkhushta, Ancient Armenian Military Dance

The military dance Yarkhusta is extremely musical, playful, and verbal. It belongs to the so-called “tsap” dance type (ծափ տալ – to clap). The “tsap” dances are ancient military dances, which include Tak Yarkhushta, Slivani Yarkhushta, Khazani Yarhkushta, and several others. In the Yarkushta dances, the main movements are accented by hits of the palms …

Cultural Genocide After the Genocide of a Nation – The Turkish Policy of Destroying Armenian Monuments (Video + English Subs)

Cultural Genocide After the Genocide of a Nation

The film shows the condition of the Historical Monuments residing in Western Armenia, which has been occupied by Turkey since 1915. Additionally, it exposes the policy of Turkish authorities on the annihilation of the Armenian historical monuments and shows the present-day state of the Armenian artifacts compared to their condition several decades ago. Their actions …

The Mystery of the Origins of the “Organ” Mountain

The Mystery of the Origins of the “Organ” Mountain

For a long time, mysteries surrounded the bizarre natural formations, the basalt pillars. Their natural architecture is associated with man-made citadels. Shaping the canyon of the Azat River, two hundred-meter-high basalt columns amaze people with their perfection. The sources of the mountain river are located on the Gegham volcanic massif and feed on the thawed …

Mashtots Hayrapet Church – Garni, Armenia

Mashtots Hayrapet Church – Garni, Armenia

Mashtots Hayrapet church (Մաշտոց Հայրապետ եկեղեցի) was built of a red tuff on the site of a pagan shrine located in the village of Garni, Kotayk Province, in the 12th century. To the right of the entrance is a stone with carved images of birds, which is inextricably linked to the past pagan sanctuary standing …

Armenians of Kievan Rus’ and Ukraine

Armenians of Kievan Rus’ and Ukraine

The Grand Duke of Kiev Vladimir the Great (978-1015) married Princess Anna with the aim of increasing prestige and strengthening his power. Many Armenian soldiers, scientists, architects, and Chalcedonians accompanied their compatriot Princess Anna to Kievan Rus’. Vladimir ordered the Armenian architect, who had arrived from Byzantium, to build the Church of the Holy Mother …