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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 …

“Armenia!” at The New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Armenia!” at The New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

The New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially known as The Met), one of the world’s most prominent museums, is set to hold a major exhibition dedicated to the history and culture of Armenia. The exhibition called “Armenia!” will be held from September 21, 2018, the Armenian Independence Day, to January 13, 2019. “Armenia!” will …

The Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem

The Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem

The Armenian Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Quarter is considered to be lying in the place of the palace of a Judean king Herod the Great. The first Armenian settlers appeared in Jerusalem presumably in late 1st century AD, however, the first Armenian presence in Jerusalem …

Armenia, A Prominent Land of Horses

Armenia, A Prominent Land of Horses

Back in the times immemorial, horse breeding emerged in Armenia, leading to the domestication of horses and further the development of the chariot in Armenia. Moreover, the Armenian Highlands have been renowned for their horse breeding techniques and horsemanship over centuries. The Armenian cavalry has been equally revered. A testimony to the richness of horse …

The Georgian Names of Armenia and Armenians

The Georgian Names of Armenia and Armenians

In Georgian, Armenians are referred to as “Somekhi”, while Armenia is called “Somkheti”. In medieval Georgian accounts, the region inhabited by Armenians was called “Somkhiti”, which has been the past geographical term for Armenia. In the 18th century, the name “Somkhiti” changed into “Somkheti”, becoming a new Georgian exonym of Armenia. Modern scholars think that …

The Askeran Fortress – Artsakh

The Askeran Fortress - Artsakh

The Askeran Fortress is located 12 kilometers east of Stepanakert, in the lower reaches of the Qarqar River. The name of the fortress derives from the roots “as” (heavenly, divine) and “karan” (stone). In the antiquity, the fortress has been surrounded by Armenian settlements and has been called Mayraberd. Now, the state highway passes through …

The Morals of Ancient Armenians (+Video)

The Morals of Ancient Armenians (+Video)

The prosperity of the society and the power of a country built on that prosperous society depends on the morals within the society. The morals of the society are based on the position of an individual in the society, on the relationships between individuals, and the relations between an individual with the society that makes …