Category «Culture»

Mashtots Hayrapet Church – Garni, Armenia

Mashtots Hayrapet Church – Garni, Armenia

Mashtots Hayrapet church (Մաշտոց Հայրապետ եկեղեցի) was built of a red tuff on the site of a pagan shrine located in the village of Garni, Kotayk Province, in the 12th century. To the right of the entrance is a stone with carved images of birds, which is inextricably linked to the past pagan sanctuary standing …

Armenians of Kievan Rus’ and Ukraine

Armenians of Kievan Rus’ and Ukraine

The Grand Duke of Kiev Vladimir the Great (978-1015) married Princess Anna with the aim of increasing prestige and strengthening his power. Many Armenian soldiers, scientists, architects, and Chalcedonians accompanied their compatriot Princess Anna to Kievan Rus’. Vladimir ordered the Armenian architect, who had arrived from Byzantium, to build the Church of the Holy Mother …

The Armenian Language, the Son of the Language of Gods – Alla Ter-Hakobyan

The Armenian Language, the Son of the Language of Gods

The religion of Armenians’ ancestors, their shrines, and “solar” worldview are surprisingly reflected in the Armenian language. In the explanatory dictionary compiled by Aghayan, we counted 371 words with the root “sun” (312 from “arev” and “areg” and 59 from “arpy” (which mean “sun” in Armenian)). And this is without considering the many derivatives in …

The Harvard Medical School on the Origins of Europeans

The Harvard Medical School on the Origins of Europeans

On the basis of the latest innovative genetic studies, researchers at the Harvard Medical School discussed new theories of human migration identified by complex DNA analyzes. The answers to the human past are hidden in the DNA of the bones in ancient burial mounds and graves. Increasingly, these answers are being identified, as geneticists at …

The Story of the Catalan Day of the Armenian Gift

The Story of the Catalan Day of the Armenian Gift

In the Catalonian city of Tarragona every year in September, Santa Tecla, one of the largest and brightest holidays of the city, is celebrated. It is also called the day of the Armenian gift. The history of the holiday has its roots in the distant past. When Paul the Apostle preached Christianity in Spain, he …

Edessa and the Origins of Armenian Letters

Edessa and the Origins of Armenian Letters

The city of Edessa (Urfa) has a sacral significance. Firstly, in its museum, there is a seal with the image of King Scorpio with hieroglyphic inscriptions. It depicts drawings reminiscent of the Narmer’s pallet images and the pommel of King Scorpio’s maces. When reading the Urfan hieroglyphic inscriptions, one should use the archaic grabar (“gir” …

Armenia, a Country Without Slavery

Armenia, a Country Without Slavery

While describing slave-owning in the world history, some historians mistakenly attribute the existence of a slave system to Armenia. But even these historians speak about slavery in Armenia reservedly. Some point to the short duration of the slave period as a result of the rapid transition from generic government to feudalism while others indicate the …

The San Gregorio Armeno Monastery in Naples

The San Gregorio Armeno Monastery in Naples

The history of this monastery goes back to the 8th century. At this time, the Byzantine emperors of the Isaurian dynasty were preoccupied with the increasing number of monasteries that absorbed human, land, and financial resources and also brought a rather ambiguous veneration of icons. Since 726, the era of iconoclasm began, which had several …

Armenia in the Bible

Armenia in the Bible

The information about Armenia in the Bible has exceptional value because it relates to the most fateful events of mankind, the creation of the world and the rebirth of mankind after the Great Flood. It tells how the Lord created mankind in Eden, the Paradise, from which the four rivers, Euphrates, Tigris, Pishon, and Geon, …

Saint Abgar, The First Christian King

Abgar V is considered the first Christian king. In December, the Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates St. Abgar. Abgar (Աբգար) is the dynastic name of a number of rulers of Osroene, a small Hellenistic state in Northern Mesopotamia with its capital in Edessa (modern Şanlıurfa in the southeast Turkey). Abgar V (Armenian Աբգար Ե) nicknamed Ukkāmā, …

Dutch Engravings of the Armenian Alphabet

A talented Dutch illustrator, engraver, and poet of the late 17th century and early 18th century Jan Luyken lived and worked in Amsterdam. His engravings created for the cartographic 5-volume atlas “The New Marine Torch” published in 1681 as well as illustrations for the books “The Mirror of the Martyrs or the Bloody Theater” (1685) …

Previously Unseen Images of Ani

Previously Unseen Images of Ani

In Armenia, it is forbidden (by the Russian border troops) to take photographs of Ani from the Armenian side of the border. It is also prohibited to photograph two 3D models of Ani in Yerevan – the three-dimensional model of the ruins of Ani, which is on display at the History Museum of Armenia, and …