Category «Interesting»

The Legend of Gosh Monastery – Goshavank

The Legend of Gosh Monastery

In the times when lawlessness prevailed on this earth, archimandrite Mkhitar Gosh became an example of moral purity and perseverance for Armenians. He was honest and straightforward and also thoroughly educated. Mkhitar was a frequent guest of Armenian princes, but even simple people were attracted to him. However, the Catholicos of Caucasian Albania disliked Mkhitar, …

Ways to Decipher Armenian Cryptograms

Ways to Decipher Armenian Cryptograms

We present to your attention a very interesting film on decrypting Armenian cryptograms. It turns out that this is not at all difficult. The film’s scriptwriter is Samvel Karapetyan, editor is Trdat Karapetyan, and composer is Aydina Davudi. A cryptogram is a type of puzzle that consists of a small piece of encrypted text. Typically, …

“Ruins of Armenia. Ani” – The First Photo Album of the Ancient Capital by Hovhannes Kyurkchyan – 1880

“Ruins of Armenia. Ani” – The First Photo Album

Hovhannes Kyurkchyan was the first Armenian photographer to shoot Ani and to make the first photo album with its sceneries. The unique card compilation “Ruins of Armenia. Ani” (“Ruines d’Arménie. Ani”) was printed in Vienna, but the title page of the compilation and stereoscopic maps contain the name of Kyurkchyan’s hometown Yerevan. The inscriptions to …

There Was No Biblical Period in the History of Israel

There Was No Biblical Period in the History of Israel

The Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” published a sensational statement made by famous archaeologist Professor Ze’ev Herzog. The duke claims that a biblical period has never existed in the history of Israel. According to his statements, there was no exodus from Egypt, no wanderings around Sinai, no siege of Jericho by Joshua, and no great power of …

Cosmic Ray Research Station on Top of Mount Aragats

Cosmic Ray Research Station

A stone vishap (dragon stone) installed on the shores of the mountain Kari Lake is five thousand years old. The terrible vishap – the silent guardian of the water element – is today perceived somewhat differently: it is considered an unshakable bridge between the past, the present, and the future. It symbolizes the connection of …

The Gavazan – The Mystery of Tatev Monastery

Armenia is an open-air museum and a country of mysteries. Do we know everything that is to be known about the Armenian sights? Temples, monasteries, fortresses… Tatev Monastery is now the most popular of them. On the rocky cape surrounded by the picturesque gorge of the Vorotan River sits the 9th-century Tatev Monastery. Tatev Monastery, …

Chronology of the Collapse and Disappearance of States Following the Policy of Extermination of Armenia and Armenians

Chronology of the Collapse and Disappearance

This chronology could be perceived as mystical if it were not for the clear presence of regularity, logic, and a cause-and-effect series in it. The circumstances of each period are unique, but there was a common factor that united them: it was the Armenians who compactly inhabited their motherland. For example, after 1045, most of …

Beautiful Illustrations from the Life of Armenians

Beautiful Illustrations from the Life of Armenians

Yet another selection of beautiful, old illustrations and paintings on Armenian themes collected and published by the team of PeopleOfAr. It is remarkable and pleasant that Armenians with their culture and way of life have inspired artists and other cultural figures from all around the world over centuries. Old images, miniatures, and paintings showcased in …

The Armenian Language is Taught at Michigan State University

The Armenian Language is Taught

In 2016, the State News reported that the Armenian language was included into the educational program of the Michigan State University. The Armenian language became one of the additional less-common languages to be taught at the university. The American educational organization Mellon Foundation sponsored the introduction of those languages into the MSU’s educational program. The …

A Russian Expedition to Find Noah’s Ark in 2003

A Russian Expedition to Find Noah’s Ark

In early fall in 2003, a Russian expeditionary group climbed the site on Mount Ararat that could hold Noah’s Ark. The head of the expedition Andrei Polyakov shared his experience with the Russian newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. Polyakov: The story of Noah’s Ark attracted me during my study at the Institute of Asian and African Countries …