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Teghenyats Monastery and Medieval Armenia

Teghenyats Monastery and Medieval Armenia

Tsaghkunyats mountain range The Teghenyats Monastery is located in a forested fold of the Tsaghkunyats mountain range. It’s set between two streams, with a distant view of Mt. Ararat. The monument has sheep and horse-shaped tombstones, an impressive half-intact gavit (narthex) next to the ruined sanctuary (12th century) and parts of a monumental dining room (13th c.). …

The story of the Khachatryan family of Norshen

The story of the Khachatryan family of Norshen

My grandfather survived the Armenian Genocide. His name was Khachik Gevorgi Khachatryan and he was born in 1910 in the village of Norshen, located in the Artske-Aljavaz district of the province of Van. His mother, Gyozal Muradi Lputyan (circa 1882-1957) and sister Mariam (Far’è) Gevorgi Khachatryan (1907-1992) also survived. They later told my grandmother Shushik, …

The Origin Of Gothic Architecture

The Origin Of Gothic Architecture

Christian architecture in Armenia is a form of architecture very unique to the nation. It’s original, unlike some of the surviving monuments of the pre-Christian era,  which had Assyrio-Babylonian, Hellenic or Roman influences. Some historians of art believe that Christian Armenian architecture was the prototype of modern Gothic Architecture that flourished in Europe during the high and …

Egypt’s White Monastery – Deir el-Abiad

Egypt’s White Monastery – Deir el-Abiad

One of the most impressive monasteries under the Armenians during the 11th and 12th centuries is the White Monastery (Deir el-Abiad) near Sohag, situated about 500km south of Cairo and northwest from Aswan. Originally built in 4th century as a Coptic Church by St. Shenute’s uncle, it was also a place of exile for Bahram …

Basil I was emperor of the Byzantine Empire

Basil I was emperor of the Byzantine Empire

Basil I was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 867 to 886 CE and he founded the “Macedonian” dynasty which lasted for over 200 years. Basil was an Armenian from a humble background who had risen to become the second most powerful man in the realm. When he outrageously killed his benefactor and emperor, Michael III, he became number …

The Armenian genocide – the Guardian briefing

The Armenian genocide – the Guardian briefing

Turkey has never accepted the term genocide, even though historians have demolished its denial of responsibility for up to 1.5 million deaths What’s the story? On 24 April, Armenians in Yerevan and around the world will mark the centenary of the genocide of 1915. That is the date when Ottoman authorities began arresting the leaders …

Raphael Lemkin: The Word Genocide (Video)

Raphael Lemkin: The Word Genocide (Video)

The term Genocide didn’t exist until 1943, when Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined it — pairing the Greek “genos,” meaning race or family, with the Latin “-cidere,” for killing. Raphael Lemkin, as a teenager, paid close attention to the massacre of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and spent his life campaigning …

Was “Mimar Sinan Agha The Grand Architect” An Armenian?

Was “Mimar Sinan Agha The Grand Architect” An Armenian?

Armenians have a rich tradition of being royal architects of the Ottoman empire. Take for example the Balyan family, a prominent Armenian family of Ottoman court architects in the service of sultans for two centuries. However, the ethnic background of the empire’s most outstanding architect “Mimar Sinan” is disputed. There are multiple claims regarding Sinan’s …

Historiography of the military history of Bagratid Armenia

Historiography of the military history of Bagratid Armenia

The strengthening of the Byzantine Empire and the weakening of the Arab Caliphate led to a change in the geopolitical situation in the Caucasus in the late ninth century, which in turn allowed the Armenian state to gain independence from Muslim rule. The newly created state was headed by representatives of the Bagratid family (The Bagratids are an aristocratic noble family whose roots go back to the …

Arsacid Dynasty of Armenia

Arsacid Dynasty of Armenia

The Arsacid (Arshakuni) dynasty of Armenia ruled that kingdom from 12 CE to 428 CE. A branch of the Arsacid dynasty of Parthia, the Armenian princes also played out a prolonged balancing act by remaining friendly to the other great power of the period and region: Rome. As so often before, Armenia continued to be a hotly disputed territory …

Military organization of Bagratid Armenia in the IX-XI centuries

Military organization of Bagratid Armenia in the IX-XI centuries

Published with permission of the author. The original article was published in the collection Days of Science of the Faculty of History: Proceedings of the VIII International Scientific Conference of Young Scientists. Editor-in-Chief: Corresponding Member NASU, prof. V. Kolesnyk (chairman), O. Magdych (ed.). Vip. VIII Part 6. (Kyiv 2015): 17-23. Reference to the article: www.academia.edu Weakening of the Arab Caliphate in the late ninth …

Weapons Of The Bagratid Dynasty 9th – 11th Centuries

Weapons Of The Bagratid Dynasty 9th – 11th Centuries

Modern Armenia, which is located in the South Caucasus region, is much smaller than medieval Armenia, which was ruled by the Bagratid dynasty. The Bagratid Kingdom was a decentralized state with a well-developed suzerain-vassal system, where small kingdoms, like Syunik, Vaspurakan, Tashir-Dzoraget, and Kars, had their own autonomy. They recognized the authority of the Bagratid …

Save Armenian Photograph Archives – the Legacy We Keep

Save Armenian Photograph Archives - the Legacy We Keep

Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives acts as the steward of Armenian heritage by collecting, documenting, and preserving photographs and the stories they tell. Our work honors Armenian identity and shares that legacy. This selection of Project SAVE images features Armenian artisans, their education, craft, and artistry. The photos illustrate that formal training was available to …

President Reagan Meets Catholicos of Cilicia Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians Vasken I: Newly Released Video

President Reagan Meets Catholicos of Cilicia Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians Vasken I: Newly Released Video

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – The Ronald Reagan Library has digitized the archive materials of the Presidential Library and uploaded them to the YouTube channel of the institution. A search can locate President Reagan’s references to Armenia on quite a few occasions and his engagement with Armenian Church leaders and community members. As a governor of California between 1966 and …

Unearthing Armenia’s Giant – Ancient Earthenware

Unearthing Armenia’s Giant - Ancient Earthenware

These 240-gallon clay karases, crucial to the early development of winemaking, once held enormous value Karine Vann is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn and a storytelling contributor to My Armenia, where she writes about Armenia’s rich natural and cultural heritage. The enormous 240-gallon clay vessel, or karas, was nestled snugly in the corner of Asli Saghatelyan’s maran (storage …

The story of Hasan Jalal Dawla – An Armenian prince of Artsakh

The story of Hasan Jalal Dawla - An Armenian prince of Artsakh

In 1240 CE, an Armenian prince by the name of Hasan Jalal Dawla attended the consecration of the Church of St. John the Baptist (in Armenian, Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich) within the monastic complex of Gandzasar (an Armenian name meaning “mountain of treasure”). The event was held on the Feast of the Transfiguration (Vardavar) and, according to …