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Musical Instruments of the Armenian Highlands

Musical Instruments of the Armenian Highlands

Armenian people have created a multitude of musical instruments. A variety of tambourines and drums have been widely used throughout historical Armenia. The very first accounts of Armenian musical instruments come from ca. 3rd millennium BC. According to ancient manuscripts, several types of timpani have been used in rites dedicated to ancient Armenian goddess Anahit. …

“Urbatagirk”, the First Printed Armenian Book

“Urbatagirk”, the First Printed Armenian Book

“Urbatagirk” (Armenian: “Friday book”) was printed in Venice in 1512 thanks to the enlightening activities of Hakob Meghapart. Being written in Classical Armenian, “Urbatagirk” was the first printed book in the Armenian language. It is comprised of 124 pages, including 24 illustrations. The content of “Urbatagirk” is partly religious and partly secular and consists of …

CNN Featured Tolma, One of the Treasures of Armenian Cuisine

CNN Featured Tolma, One of the Treasures of Armenian Cuisine

In July 2014, the United States Embassy in Armenia published CNN’s video about Armenian tolma on their Facebook page. Unfortunately, tolma is today recognized as an Azerbaijani dish by UNESCO. Thanks to incredible taste qualities, Armenian tolma (also called “tolma” in Armenia) is quite popular all around the world. Its traditional variant is considered the …

Paris Herouni – Armenian Language Analysis

Armenian Language Analysis - Paris Herouni

Armenian language at first stage of development, Le, during many thousand years, was the only one. There were not other languages around to adopt from them foreign words. So new words were formed on the basis of available words with more simple phonetic sounds, being already in use and signifying simpler notions. So the development …

Armenian History in Italian Art

Armenian History in Italian Art

Italian literature has an interesting book named “Armenian history”. Unfortunately, featuring the whole book on the website is virtually impossible. However, we can show you a number of interesting illustrations depicting various events of Armenian history.

Video Compilation of Ancient Armenian Coins

Video Compilation of Ancient Armenian Coins

In modern Armenia, coins play as much role as maps. Both are an undisputable proof of the ancient heritage of Armenia, in spite of various falsifications. At the same time, maps, coins, and other artifacts demonstrate that Armenians themselves know very little of their history. If you are an Armenian, just watch the below film …

The Origin of Gothic Architecture Style Traces to Armenia

The Origin of Gothic Architecture Style Traces to Armenia

Christian architectonics of Armenia is a unique national form of architecture. Unlike some of the preserved monuments of the pre-Christian era with traces of Assyrian-Babylonian, Greek, and Roman architecture, Armenian Christian architectural art is completely original. At the same time, some historians and art critics argue that Armenian Christian architecture is a prototype of modern …

Azerbaijanis Credit Themselves with Armenian Carpets

Azerbaijanis Credit Themselves with Armenian Carpets

Pursuing worldwide recognition, Azerbaijan attributes Armenian carpets as “national property of Azerbaijani people”, neglecting historical evidence. In History Museum of Armenia, carpets and carpet products occupy several halls. However, only the small fraction of what the museum actually has in their possession is showcased before the public. 15th-20th-century carpets from various historical-ethnographic regions allow the …

A Story of Tigran Yervanduni and His Wife Armenuhi

A Story of Tigran Yervanduni and His Wife Armenuhi

Armenians have always highly appreciated Armenian women, being ready to sacrifice anything for them. A vivid example of this deep respect is the story of Armenian King Tigran Yervanduni (reigned between 560 – 535 BC), son of Yervand (Orontes) I Sakavakyats, and his wife. Various historical accounts testify that Tigran was a close ally of …

The Skhtorashen Plane Tree, Tnjri – Artsakh

The Skhtorashen Plane Tree, Tnjri - Artsakh

Not far from the Skhtorashen village in the Martuni district of Artsakh rises a great plane tree of 2035 years of age. Among ancient cultures, plane trees were considered “trees of life”. This particular tree is the oldest and tallest tree not only in Armenia but in former Soviet republics as well. The Skhtorashen plane …

The Legend of Duduk – Armenian Legends

The Legend of Duduk – Armenian Legends

Once flying over the mountains, Young Wind noticed a beautiful tree, likes of which he had never seen before. He was enchanted by it. Touching the teeth of the tree’s leaves, he extracted wonderful melodies spreading far around. When Supreme Wind learned about this, he cast his anger upon the mountains, destroying almost the whole …

How Armenian “Pakhlava” Became Turkish “Baklava”

How Armenian “Pakhlava” Became Turkish “Baklava”

In Eastern Armenian, baklava is called pakhlava while in Western Armenian, it is called bakhlava. The Turkish language doesn’t have the “kh” sound, so “bakhlava” became “baklava”. This name was then adopted by other languages and peoples. Baklava was patented in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey. Let’s see what the history of the city is. …