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The Riddle of Armenian Letters on the Bavarian Fresco

The Riddle of Armenian Letters on the Bavarian Fresco

The grandiose and largest-in-the-world fresco by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo decorates the lobby of the Bavarian Bishops’ Palace in Würzburg. It features mythological creatures, ancient gods, nymphs, naiads, inhabitants of exotic countries, other figures fluttering among the clouds in a light dizzying flight, and… Armenian letters carved into a stone plate. How did the artist manage …

“From Rock Carvings to an Alphabet” – Artak Movsisyan’s Documentary About the Armenian Alphabet

“From Rock Carvings to an Alphabet”

Ancient people have seemingly possessed outstanding memory, if compared with modern individuals. They only had to hear some information once in order to understand and remember it. The need of recording the heard information occurred much later due to the people losing those unique memory features, which used to allow them to quickly memorize any …

Armenia, the Land of Noah (Video)

Armenia, the Land of Noah (Video)

The mysterious and attractive Armenia is located between the Black, Caspian, and Mediterranean seas. In the old days, Armenia was much larger and occupied an area of about 400,000 square kilometers. The current Republic of Armenia is located in the northeastern part of the Armenian Highlands. It borders with Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey. For …

The Armenian Language is in the Top 10 Weirdest Languages

The Armenian Language is in the Top 10

A study of 239 languages included the Armenian language in the ten most bizarre languages of the world. The first place in this list is occupied by the Mixtec language spoken by 6000 people. As “Foreign Policy” writes, scientist Tyler Schnoebelen and researchers from the company for processing linguistic information “Idibon” statistically compared 239 languages …

The Origins of the Jerusalem Cross

The Origins of the Jerusalem Cross

Arguably, the Jerusalem cross is the most recognizable symbol of Christianity. But nowhere in the world is this sign as significant or culture-rooted as it is in Armenia. Throughout Armenia, thousands of khachkars (cross-stones) decorate the mountainous terrain of the first Christian nation. They are a unique example of the Armenian art of spiritual expression. …

Astonishing French Documentary About Armenia

Astonishing French Documentary About Armenia

French TV channel “France 5” presented a documentary about Armenia, which examined the history of the country as well as highlighted the famous Armenians and its environmental beauty. The director of the documentary is Xavier Lefèvre, the author of the idea is Guillaume Bernard. The French documentary is one of those rare films in which …

Legendary Ararat (Video)

Legendary Ararat (Video)

Below, you can watch a video shot in honor of the legendary Armenian mountain Ararat. In many religions of the ancient world, Mount Ararat was considered the place where people moored after the Great Flood. From this place began the rebirth of mankind. Ararat was a sacred mountain in ancient Armenia even in the pre-Christian …

Hayk – the First Eponym of Armenians

Hayk – the First Eponym of Armenians

Movses Khorenatsi, referring to his sources in the book of Mara Abas Katin and the Armenian folklore, described the ancestor and the eponym of the Armenians Hayk in the following fashion: “This Hayk”, he wrote, “handsome and gracious, rich-haired and mighty, was known among the giants for his courage and spoke out against anyone who …

Abused Plain Tree Legend or the Unpunished Destruction of the Armenian Identity

Abused Plain Tree Legend or the Unpunished Destruction

The whole nature of Armenia is marked by an ancient culture that identifies the Armenian ethnos with the location under an intentionally forgotten name, Armenian Highlands. Everything that recalls the presence of the ancient Armenians is being deliberately destroyed, including the Armenians themselves. There is no doubt that this is done purposefully because no one …

The Petroglyphs of Armenia (Video)

The Petroglyphs of Armenia (Video)

Today, the territories of Armenia and Asia Minor are theorized to have been the homeland of the oldest astronomical knowledge. Outstanding historians of astronomy came to the conclusion that people who divided the sky into constellations lived between 36° and 42° north latitude. According to English astronomer Olcott, people who invented the ancient figures of …

The Disappeared Enemies of the Armenians

The Disappeared Enemies of the Armenians

In ancient times, the Armenians had many enemies. All of them disappeared, even those that beat the Armenians in both numbers and power. From those empires, only ruins are left, and the only thing reminding about their inhabitants is memories of historians. One of these enemies were Babylonians living south of Armenia. The two states …

The Lor Village and its Mysteries

The Lor Village and its Mysteries – Syunik, Armenia

Name origin. The village of Lor was first mentioned in 839. History says that the village received its name in honor of the brave prince Lorik, who ruled the medieval principality of Syunik. From the written sources of the time, it is known that the prince was very respected among his people. He managed to fill …

Houshamadyan – The Book of Memories

Houshamadyan - The Book of Memories

In 2010, German historians of Armenian origin Vahe Tashchyan and Elke Hartman created the “Houshamadyan” (Յուշամատեան, a “Book of Memories”) website, a documentary and historical project for the reconstruction of the life of the Armenians in the Ottoman Turkey. “Houshamadyan” is a non-profit scientific organization. Their project covers all aspects of the history of the …

The First Coffee Shop in Vienna – 1683

The First Coffee Shop in Vienna - 1683

In 1683, the Turks besieged Vienna. Polish immigrant Franz Kolschitzky (Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki), who had eastern appearance, boldly crossed the front line, carrying messages from the army to the city and back. Thanks to his heroism, the Turkish troops were defeated and forced to retreat, abandoning their exotic property. Among the abandoned items were bags …

Ancient Architectural Miracles of Armenia

Ancient Architectural Miracles of Armenia

Some consider Armenia a museum in the open air due to the country’s rich culture, architecture, and sights. Monasteries and temples are an integral part of its culture. There are more than 2,000 churches on the territory of the modern Republic of Armenia. Unfortunately, some of them are partially destroyed or left to their own …