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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 …

Armenia on Historical Maps – Video Compilation

Armenia on Historical Maps – Video Compilation

It was difficult to find quality maps of ancient and medieval Armenia online several years ago, but nowadays, one could easily examine the huge variety of the available detailed maps of Armenia. We have also featured a good number of maps on our website, but today, we have something a little bit different. We would …

Surb Zatik – Easter in Armenia

Surb Zatik – Easter in Armenia

Translated from Armenian, “Surb Zatik” (Սուրբ Զատիկ) means “Sacred Easter”. Zatik is the name of an ancient Armenian deity of fertility. Ancient Armenians prayed and worshipped him for their lands to be fertile, the year to be productive, and each harvest to be pleasing. Armenians believed that the more they appealed to Zatik, the more …

Ardvin and Ardvinians – From the Depths of Centuries

Ardvin and Ardvinians – From the Depths of Centuries

It could be said that Ardvinians know almost nothing about their past. That’s literally what writer Abov remarked after his visit to Ardvin (also known as Artvin, a city in northeastern Turkey): “Ardvinians don’t know about their past.” A diplomat N. Ravich stated the same. Even the Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia reads that “data about the …

Traditions of Armenian Women’s Attire

Traditions of Armenian Women’s Attire

Women’s attire in Armenia reflects the rich cultural traditions of Armenians. To make attire, they have initially used wool, fur, and later cotton that has been cultivated on the fertile lands of the Armenian valleys. The royal dynasty of the Kingdom of Van (Urartu) has also used silk that had been imported from China. Armenians …

Armenian Folk Dance – The Character of the People

Armenian Folk Dance – The Character of the People

The Armenian folk dance denotes the character of the Armenian people. It features the same grade of versatility as any other type of Armenian national art. The Armenians of Van and Artsakh dance rather differently: they each create unique choreographies and wear different attire. But we are not going to dive too deep into the …

Armenian Tolma and Mulberry Vodka Praised by Michelin Star – Young Chef 2018

Armenian Tolma and Mulberry Vodka Praised by Michelin Star

Over the last years, UNESCO has greatly contributed to the preservation of ancient monuments in the territory of historical and modern Armenia. However, UNESCO sometimes makes strange and unexplainable decisions. In particular, we mean the recent inclusion of dolma into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Azerbaijan. Why not include dolma in the list …

The First Bible printed in Armenian Language

The First Bible in the Armenian Language

In the late 16th century, Armenian clergymen have been attempting to print the Bible in Armenia with the support of Rome. However, the latter demanded the Bible to be first translated into Latin and only then into Armenian. The Latin translation should have been synchronized with the Vulgate. Moreover, the Armenian translation was to be …

Sundial An Integral Part of Armenian Architecture

Sundial An Integral Part of Armenian Architecture

Sundial is an ancient scientific instrument that possibly was the first application of the human knowledge of the movement of celestial bodies. Several thousand sundials are preserved in modern Armenia, and the oldest among them have nearly 3,000 years of history. The creation of sundial occurred when people discovered the connection between the length and …

The Tatev Gavazan – A Celestial Compass

The Tatev Gavazan – A Celestial Compass

Every visitor of the 9th-10th-century Tatev Monastery located in the Syunik Province, Armenia, has probably seen the pendulous stele, the most interesting and mysterious monument of the monastery. Called the Gavazan Siun (Gavazan Pillar), this monument dedicated to the Holy Trinity was erected in 893 – 895. The Gavazan is an octahedral stone pillar standing …