Category «Culture»

The Tragic History of Gethsemane Chapel in Yerevan

The Tragic History of Gethsemane Chapel

In 1929, one of the churches of Old Yerevan, Gethsemane Chapel, was dismantled. In its place would be built the Yerevan Opera Theater. In 2007, a khachkar (cross-stone) was installed in the building in memory of Gethsemane Chapel that had existed for several centuries. It is thought that from at least the 3rd century, a …

The Building in Which Yeghishe Charents Lived and Worked

The Building in Which Yeghishe Charents Lived

The old Yerevan two-story building located at 46, Nalbandyan St, and built at the beginning of the 20th century could go unnoticed despite the fact that the office of the Russian VTB Bank’s Armenian branch is now located here. However, a noteworthy fact is associated with this building. Outstanding Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents lived and …

Hnevank Monastery – The “Old Monastery”

Hnevank Monastery – The “Old Monastery”

Translated from Armenian, “Hnevank” means “old monastery”. And this is a very appropriate name. The exact date of the construction of this monastery is unknown. According to some sources, one of its churches was restored in the 12th century. However, judging by its architecture, its first church was built around the 7th century. This dilapidated …

Stamps of Three Armenian Republics

Stamps of Three Armenian Republics

For each country, it is important to properly organize postal traffic, and the main role in this is given to postage stamps. So the question arises – how did the development of Armenian postage stamps occur? The first Republic of Armenia was born in 1918 in the most difficult conditions. Armenia was opposing the Turkish …

Wedding Traditions and Matrimony in Sasun

Wedding Traditions and Matrimony in Sasun

In Sasun, especially during celebrations and pilgrimages, girls braided their hair in forty braids and decorated their heads with wreaths woven from evergreen mountain flowers. They dressed up so well that they drove the guys crazy. More than decorations, the brave men of Sasun valued girlish beauty, shyness, and modesty. “The girl, blushing with shame, …

Oromosavank – The Tomb of Armenian Kings

Oromosavank – The Tomb of Armenian Kings

The monastery complex Oromosavank or Khoshavank is one of the most outstanding examples of Armenian architecture of the 10th-11th centuries. It is located in the territory of modern Turkey, in the Kars Province, 15 kilometers northeast of the medieval capital of Armenia Ani, on the right bank of the Akhuryan River, in a closed border …

Spring Yerevan with Rosy Armen and Aram Khachaturian

Spring Yerevan with Rosy Armen

A popular singer in the 1960s and 70s, Armenian-born singer Rosy Armen (born on May 1, 1939) was born and raised in France. Her parents had moved to Paris after the Armenian Genocide. Rosy’s father Khurshud Hovhannisyan was from Nakhichevan, while her mother Nvard Alozian was born in the suburbs of Ankara. At various times, …

The Etchmiadzin Cathedral

The Etchmiadzin Cathedral

The city of Etchmiadzin (officially Vagharshapat) is located not far from Yerevan. This is a place revered by Armenians from all over the world since the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church is located here. Etchmiadzin was founded in the first half of the 2nd century AD on the site of the ancient settlement of …

Elina Martirosyan – Wunderkind from Armenia

Elina Martirosyan is a wunderkind  from Armenia. Since the age of 4, she has been creating new jazz standards and performed them on various musical instruments. Elina was born into a family of musicians. From the first days of her life, she has listened to jazz and liked it very much. At the age of …

The Love Story of Yeghishe and Arpenik Charents

It is a well-known fact that Yeghishe Charents’s personal life was very turbulent and rich in love adventures. But there was only one to whom the great poet experienced a really deep feeling and whom he would not forget until the tragic end of his life. She was Arpenik, Charents’ first wife. Arpenik Ter-Astvatsaturyan was …