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Haghpat Monastery – Armenia

Haghpat Monastery – Armenia

Haghpat Monastery is located in the village of the same name in northern Armenia, 10 km from the town of Alaverdi. This monastery is a significant example of the medieval Armenian architectonics. It is distinguished by its compact and asymmetric layout and its beautiful silhouette on the hilly terrain. In 1996, Haghpat Monastery along with …

World-Renowned Armenian Artists – Part 2

World-Renowned Armenian Artists – Part 2

Arshak Fetvadjian (Արշակ Ֆետվաջյան, 1866-1947) was an artist, painter, and designer. He is particularly known as the author of the wash drawings of the medieval Armenian city of Ani, as well as a designer of road signs and post stamps of the First Republic of Armenia. Over 20 years of his activity, Fetvadjian has created …

History Museum of Armenia, Yerevan

History Museum of Armenia, Yerevan

Beholding ancient artifacts plays a big role in establishing a spiritual connection with a nation’s history. The sensation of the closeness of the hands of ancient craftsmen who made the preserved artifacts is simply invaluable. Every time I manage to pay a visit to the Geghard Monastery, I make sure to climb its ancient staircase, …

Beautiful Views of Artsakh – Photo

Beautiful Views of Artsakh – Photo

Artsakh is a historical territory in the Transcaucasia, which has been the 9th province of the Greater Armenia. It covered the area of the modern Republic of Artsakh and its adjacent areas. Since the 2nd century BC until 387 AD, Artsakh has been a province of Greater Armenia, the northeastern borders of which passed along …

Surb Stepanos Monastery – Julfa

Surb Stepanos Monastery - Julfa

The 9th-century Surb Stepanos Monastery (Armenian: Սուրբ Ստեփանոս վանք) was located in the ancient Armenian settlement of Julfa. Today, it resides 15 km southwest of the present-day Iranian city of Jolfa in the deep canyon of the Aras River. In 2008, the Surb Stepanos Monastery was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. During one …

World-Renowned Armenian Artists

World-Renowned Armenian Artists

Armenia has gifted the world with artists prominent all around the world, and while such artists as Ivan Aivazovsky, Arshile Gorky, Hakob Kojoyan, and Martiros Saryan are the most famous of them all, there has been a far larger number of skilled Armenian artists that you can imagine. Today, the paintings of these talented Artistsdecorate …

Asiatic Lions That Once Existed in Armenia

Asiatic Lions That Once Existed in Armenia

The Asiatic/Persian Lion (Panthera leo persica) has once lived in Armenia before going extinct in the region. This species of lions has ranged from the Mediterranean to India in ancient times as well. Now, these lions can found in Gir Forest National Park in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, India, where only 523 species exist. …

Snake – The Totem of Armenians

Snake – The Totem of Armenians

Not many people know that for Armenians, snakes have been an object of worship since ancient times. Legends say that each Armenian home had snakes as their invisible guardians. Snakes have brought happiness to Armenian families. Images of snakes could be seen anywhere: on doors, furniture, pillars. Women wore snake-shaped adornments because snakes were symbols …

Tsitsernakaberd – Swallow-Messengers of Goddess Astghik

Tsitsernakaberd – Swallow-Messengers of Goddess Astghik

In terms of archaeology, the site of Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide memorial complex located in Yerevan, is rather remarkable. During the construction of the memorial complex in the 1960s, workers discovered Bronze Age clay vessels there. Further investigations revealed that the territory of Tsitsernakaberd had housed an Iron Age fortress named Tsitsernaki Berd (“swallow’s fortress”). …

A Masterpiece of Armenian Miniature – Cilicia

A Masterpiece of Armenian Miniature – Cilicia

This skillfully executed 13th-century portrait depicts a king of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia Leo II, his wife Keran, as well as their three sons and two daughters. Receiving the blessing of the Lord, the royal family is portrayed at the bottom of the miniature. This unique piece from the handwritten Gospel of Queen Keran …

The Golden Age Era Rebirth of Armenian Education

The Golden Age Era Rebirth of Armenian Education

The title of this material, unfortunately, doesn’t have anything to do with modern Armenia. It relates to the golden age of the Armenian history, which falls in the era of Mesrop Mashtots’ and Sahak Partev’s activity. Back in the days, Mashtots realized the importance of knowledge and education from the standpoint of both the education …

Fundamental Laws of Life on the Iconography of Armenian Carpets

Fundamental Laws of Life on the Iconography

It has always been quite obvious that ornamentations on Armenian carpets aren’t mere decorations but conveyors of unique information, just like petroglyphs. And in fact, experts researching Armenian carpets have long uncovered the meaning of the Armenian carpets’ ornaments. In this regard, the activity of Professor Vahanyan is particularly renowned. He has deciphered many dilemmas …

Symbols of Armenia – Video

Symbols of Armenia - Video

From the standpoint of archaeology, culture, and nature, Armenia is one of the wealthiest states in the world. The ancient culture of Armenia is literally filled with legends, tales, and symbols. We will cover some of those symbols below. “Nur” means pomegranate in Armenian. For Armenians, nur is not merely a plant. Like the apricot, …

The World of Armenian Brandy

The World of Armenian Brandy

Armenia along with its northern neighbor state Georgia is believed to be the birthplace of wine. The oldest historical evidence of winemaking dating as back as 6,000 years is found in this region, though some grape varieties may have had several independent places of origin (See more: 6,100 Years Old Wine-Making Facility in Armenia). According …