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The Armenian Alphabet Was Used in Turkish Writing

The Armenian Alphabet Was Used in Turkish Writing

The Turkish language doesn’t have an alphabet of its own. In the 1920s, the establishment of the Republic of Turkey was accompanied by a language reform, which introduced a whole new alphabet based on a modified version of the Latin script. In the Ottoman era, modified forms of Arabic letters have been used in Turkish …

Gosh Lake – Tavush, Armenia

Gosh Lake – Tavush, Armenia

Gosh is a small lake located in Dilijan National Park, Tavush Province, Armenia. It is lying 2 km southeast of the village of Gosh, as well as in the vicinity of the Goshavank Monastery. The village, the monastery, and the lake were named after an Armenian writer, thinker, and public figure Mkhitar Gosh. The surface …

World-Renowned Armenian Artists – Part 3

World-Renowned Armenian Artists – Part 3

Panos Terlemezyan (Փանոս Թերլեմեզյան, 1865-1941) was one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century. Terlemezyan’s artistic style formed under the influence of impressionists. His pieces have been mostly made on Armenian motifs. Today, the works of this great artist are showcased in the National Gallery of Armenia, the Tretyakov Gallery, and many other …

Kakavaberd Fortress – Armenia

Kakavaberd Fortress – Armenia

Kakavaberd, also known as Geghi Berd, is an Armenian fortress lying on a ridge in the Khosrov State Reserve of Armenia, which’s well-preserved walls crown the hilly terrain of the reserve. Rugged terrain makes approaching this fortress impossible from three sides. Kakavaberd’s northeastern walls rise up to 8 – 10 meters high. Within the fortress …

Tegher Monastery – Aragatsotn, Armenia

Tegher Monastery – Aragatsotn, Armenia

Tegher Monastery is located in on the southeastern slope of Mount Aragats at an altitude of 1650 – 1700 meters, in the village of the same name. The monastery consists of the 1213 Surb Astvatsatsin Church, as well as a vestibule that was adjoined to the monastery in 1221. The inscription left by the builders …

Anton the Armenian – Venice

Anton the Armenian - Venice

One of the Venetian streets bears the name of Anton Suryan, who was more commonly known as Anton the Armenian. There is very little reliable information on him, but what we have is quite enough to learn about the uncommon intellect of this man and the key role he played in the history of the …

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 …