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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Wore Armenian Apparel

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Wore Armenian Apparel

French writer, thinker and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau preferred to wear Armenian clothes. In the painting from the public library of the University of Geneva Rousseau is captured in an Armenian costume. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is buried in the commune of Ermenonville in northern France. For the first time the castle of Ermenonville was mentioned in 9th century …

World’s First Book of Arithmetic Tasks

World’s First Book of Arithmetic Tasks

The world’s first textbook of arithmetic tasks was compiled by Armenian scientist, mathematician of 5th-6th cc. David the Invincible (Դավիթ Անհաղթ). A copy of this task book is now kept in the Matenadaran (Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts) in Yerevan, Armenia. Biographical information about David is quite scanty. He was born approximately in mid-seventies …

The Mysterious Armenian Alphabet

The Mysterious Armenian Alphabet

The Armenian alphabet is one of the most significant accomplishments of the Armenian nation. It was invented in 405 AD by Armenian linguist, theologian, statesman and hymnologist Mesrop Mashtots. Armenians appreciate and respect their alphabet and consider it a cultural miracle. But the most astonishing thing about the alphabet is its link with the periodic …

Archive Images of Western Armenia

Archive Images of Western Armenia

Nowadays almost every Armenian construction standing in Western Armenian region of Turkey is ruined. Some believe that Western Armenian churches have visible stylistic difference from temples in Republic of Armenia, and they look more like mosques. They suggest that the form of the temples of Western Armenia on the territory of the Ottoman Empire has …

“Mother Armenia” In Metal And In Flesh

“Mother Armenia” In Metal And In Flesh

In 1950 the biggest monument dedicated to the Soviet Union leader from mid-1920s until 1953 Joseph Stalin was put in Yerevan, and since then the park and even the district of its location have been called “The Monument”. There were hearings at the time that Stalin himself visited the Armenian capital to witness his giant …

The First Rock Band of USSR

The first rock band of USSR gathered in the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute from students of architecture faculty in 1967. The leader of the group was singer, poet, composer and guitarist Artur Meschyan, who already had some fame for his student years song “Ուր էիր Աստված” (“Ur eir Astvac”, English: ”Where Were You God”), dedicated to …

Armenian virtuoso violinist

Armenian virtuoso violinist

Italian violinist Nicollò Paganini was a phenomenon of violin techniques. The lightness and agility of his performance gives him the right to be considered the most gifted violinist of all time, and his genius forms modern violin art. His talents made their own imprint on his compositions, making them so complicated and yet so magnificent …

Armenian feast day Vardavar

Armenian feast day Vardavar

Vardavar is one of the feast days of Armenian Apostolic Church. It is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus, which took place on the mount Tabor, as is believed. The Transfiguration of Jesus is described by Synoptic Gospels  Matthew (17:1–9), Mark (9:2–8) and Luke (9:28–36). “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, …