Category «Interesting»

The Mystery of an Image of the Biblical Magi

The Mystery of an Image of the Biblical Magi

This image of biblical Magi (otherwise (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings) is located in the historical library of Armenian manuscripts in New Julfa (Isfahan, Iran). The faces of the kings, according to Patrick Donabedian and Jean-Michel Thierry, symbolize the three life periods of humans. “Pay attention to the inscriptions on the edges of the …

Leonardo da Vinci and The Armenian Architecture

Leonardo da Vinci and The Armenian Architecture

The brilliant representative of the Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci was a fan of Armenian art, as evidenced by his “Armenian letters”, which are included in the manuscript “Atlantic Codex Atlanticus”. He used many of its techniques in his work. His sketches brought from Armenia allow us to draw a conclusion that he was one of …

Underground History of Republic Square, Yerevan

Underground History of Republic Square, Yerevan

In 2003, reconstruction works began along the entire perimeter of the Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. After the top layer of the asphalt was removed, the remains of stone walls, tiles of black and red tuff, pieces of clay jugs, and clay water pipes appeared before the gaze of the builders. The head of the …

Two Armenian Words for Carpets

Two Armenian Words for Carpets

In Armenian, there are two words for “carpet” – “karpet” (Armenian: կարպետ) and “gorg” (Armenian: գորգ). Although these two words in the Armenian language are synonyms, “karpet” is more often used with lint-free carpets while fluffy carpets are called “gorg”. In Armenian medieval manuscripts, the word “carpet” in the form of “kapert” was for the …

The Famous Cave Complex of Azokh

The Famous Cave Complex of Azokh

In the world, there are not so many caves like Azokh. It is unique by its location on the pathway of ancient migrants. The Azokh cave is one of the most famous sites of the Near East from Stone Age. It was mentioned more than once by ancient Armenian historians. During the Mongol-Tatar invasions here, …

The First Printed Map of the World

The First Printed Map of the World

In the second half of the 17th century, Armenian printing was experiencing rapid development in Europe. In 1695 in Amsterdam, the Armenian printing house headed by Tovmas Vanandetsi published a unique work, the first printed map of the world “Hamatarats Ashkharhatsuyts” (“Geographic Map of the World”). The first large-scale map of the both hemispheres in …

The Oldest Human Brain – Areni Cave, Armenia

The Oldest Human Brain – Areni Cave, Armenia

The oldest known human brain was found in Armenia. The unique find was discovered by Armenian archaeologists during excavations in the cave Areni-1 or, as it is also called, the “Bird Cave” in the southwest Armenia. It is a perfectly preserved human brain, perhaps the most ancient one ever found. According to the preliminary visual …

A 1599 Bible With a Map of Greater Armenia

A 1599 Bible With a Map of Greater Armenia

Sam Bussan, an inquisitive student from the city of Portland (Oregon, United States), found a 1599 Geneva Bible in the basement archive of the library of the Lewis & Clark College. The Bible has belonged to Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. This rare edition of the Bible made the scriptures accessible through many elaborate …

Lord Byron and the Armenian Language

On December 2, 1816, Lord Byron arrived at the Monastery of Mekhitarists in Venice to study the Armenian language. With the help of the abbots from the monastery of the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni (Saint Lazarus of the Armenians), the poet got actively acquainted with the Armenian manuscripts and later would speak about …

Ancient Armenia – Land of Gold

Ancient Armenia – Land of Gold

With the fall of central power in the Akkadian Empire, northern Babylonia was occupied by mountaineers called the Gutians. Those ferocious people are described as disgusting and frightening in various notes. However, Gutians probably did not have much influence in southern Babylonia, which predominantly remained Sumerian both in terms of population and culture. Moreover, the …

Armenian Artifact-Cheese

Armenian Artifact-Cheese

During excavations in Khoshab (Ervanduniq or Hayotc Dzor) fortress near Van, four pitchers with a sort of Armenian cheese zhazhik were found. As the Turkish edition Orghaber reports, the results of a study revealed that the discovered cheese is about 250 years old. The edition also notes that the find is a kind of Armenian …

Fashion of Armenian Rulers

Fashion of Armenian Rulers

An unprecedented display of Armenian royal costumes from artist-designer Lilit Melikyan was held in Yerevan. The Megerian carpet making museum and factory hosted the most diverse audience. Lilit Melikyan’s collection attracted not only fashion and design lovers but admirers of art in general as well as those who are interested in the history of Armenia. …

Armenian Highlands as the Base of Society and Knowledge

Modern Armenia… A small state that connects Europe with Asia. Two millennia ago, it was considered one of the most powerful states in the Middle East commensurate with the Roman and Parthian Empires. Scientific research, archaeological excavations, manuscripts, ancient maps, and even the Bible contain evidence that Armenia is the cradle of civilization. In ancient …

Mysterious Cave-Town in Khndzoresk, Armenia

Mysterious Cave-Town in Khndzoresk, Armenia

Khndzoresk is one of the most visited places in Armenia. At the beginning of the 20th century, about eight thousand people lived in the caves of Khndzoresk. In the 1950s, the authorities of USSR decided that Soviet citizens should not huddle in the dark cold pits and resettled them. The new village of Khndzoresk was …

Model of The Solar System – Ancient Lchashen

The first inhabitants of the modern village of Lchashen located on the northern slopes of the Gegham Mountains settled there in the 4th millennium BC. Eastern areas of the village are among the oldest monuments in the open air. In that area since the 1950s, archaeologists have discovered many ancient artifacts that are now displayed …

Ancient Armenian Calendar

Ancient Armenian Calendar

Who needs simple numbers to determine time spans? After a while, the repetition of the names of the days of the week might become rather boring. The ancient Armenian calendar had a name for every hour, day, and month of the year. Along with the fact that the concept of “thirty days in a month” …