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Vahanavank – Syunik, Armenia

Vahanavank – Syunik, Armenia

The monastic complex Vanavank is located in the vicinity of the town of Kapan, Syunik Province, Armenia. According to Stepanos Orbelian, the monastery was founded by prince Vahan in 911, in honor of whom it would also be named. The first structure of the monastery was the Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator. After the …

The Gorgeous Vorotan River – Armenia

The Gorgeous Vorotan River – Armenia

The mountainous Vorotan River rises in the northern part of Syunik Province. It stretches for 178 km before emptying into the Araks River at the border between Iran and the Republic of Artsakh. The river flows through deep canyons, in particular, through the beautiful gorges of Tatev Monastery, which along with its adjacent areas and …

Aparank Monastery – Western Armenia

Aparank Monastery – Western Armenia

Aparank Monastery’s name derives from the Armenian word “aparank”, meaning “fortress”. While it is unknown what the purpose of the monastery had been initially, it is known that in the 19th century, it was the episcopal center of the Terkan district, which included 34 Armenian villages. In fact, most of the monastery’s buildings belong to …

Petroglyphs of the Armenian Highlands – Mysteries Diving Deep into Millennia

Petroglyphs of the Armenian Highlands

Petroglyphs (rock carvings) are carved-out images of animals, hunting scenes, symbols, rites, mythical characters, and many other concepts, objects, and phenomena. Rock carvings are found in large quantities on the vast territory stretching from the Aegean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The largest “gallery” that expands tens of kilometers is located in the Gegham and …

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

Stones are like people in some sense. Some of them stand shoulder to shoulder in masonry, their main feature being the absence of any individual features. Other stones are unique and even exceptional. One could long argue which is more important, but most will probably want to see something new and unique. Stone with the …

Ancient Armenian “Kokh” Wrestling

Ancient Armenian “Kokh” Wrestling

The Armenian wrestling style “Kokh” is regarded as one of the oldest forms of wrestling. The ancient history of this national combat sport is confirmed and attested by numerous travelers to Armenia. First of all, the Persians “touched” the style in the early years of their contact with Armenians. Armenian wrestling was famed in the …

Armenian Carpets – CNN The Silk Road

Armenian Carpets – CNN The Silk Road

We have covered Armenian carpets on our website several times, and this time, we offer you some insight into CNN The Silk Road: Past, Present, Future’s exploration of Armenian carpets. According to CNN The Silk Road, Armenia’s rich tradition of carpet weaving had been a multi-million-dollar industry as of November 23, 2015. Since antiquity, Armenian …

Marmashen Monastery – Shirak Province, Armenia

Marmashen Monastery – Shirak Province, Armenia

Marmashen Monastery is lying on the right bank of Akhuryan River 2km southwest of the village of Vahramaberd in Shirak Province, Armenia. Marmashen is a striking example of medieval Armenian architectonics, in particular, architectonics of the 10th century. The design of Marmashen shares some of its features with the Ani Cathedral. Marmashen Monastery consists of …

The Tradition of Armenian Carpet Weaving

The Tradition of Armenian Carpet Weaving

Carpets from Armenia are recognized all around the world thanks to their noble appearance, unique embroidery, and natural, non-washable colors. There are two kinds of the Armenian carpet – tufted gorgs (rugs) and knotted carpets – which are woven with the traditional Armenian technique. Armenians have been weaving carpets from times immemorial. The main feature …

Noravank Monastery – Armenia

Noravank Monastery – Armenia

The 13th-century Noravank Monastery is located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow canyon of the Amaghu River near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor Province. The canyon is renowned for its tall and brick-red cliffs rising directly across from Noravank Monastery. The monastery is particularly famous for its two-level Surb Astvatsatsin Church (Holy Mother …

Helenendorf – City of Germans and Armenians

Helenendorf – City of Germans and Armenians

The city of Helenendorf (now Goygol, Azerbaijan) has been the destination of those who were tired from the heat of their cities in the summer days. Everything in this city reminded of Germans-colonists – most of all, the neat homes and the organized layout of the city built by them. In Soviet years and shortly …

Yerevan, a City of Fountains – Pulpulak

Small fountains of spring water called “pulpulak” can be seen at every step in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. These fountains have long been one of the most recognized symbols of the city. There are over 1,500 pulpulaks in Yerevan. The word “pulpulak” refers to the gurgling of the water flowing out of the fountain. …

Khachik Dashtents – A Writer of Epic Spirit

Khachik Dashtents – A Writer of Epic Spirit

Armenian poet and novelist Khachik Dashtents was born to a family of a shepherd on May 25, 1910, in the village of Dashtadem in Sasun, Bitlis vilayet, Western Armenia. The name of his birthplace would later serve as the basis for his literary pseudonym, Dashtents. Going through all the atrocities of the late 19th and …