Category «Nature»

Vegetable-Fruit Shelengo – Grows Only In Urfa

Vegetable-Fruit Shelengo

A vegetable-fruit called shelengo grows only in Urfa, Historical Armenia. This unique fruit in appearance resembles a tiny watermelon. On the inside, it’s like a muskmelon, while the taste resembles a cucumber. This year, the shelengo crop ripened prematurely. Shelengo is harvested at temperatures above 45 degrees. The vegetable growing in Urfa has been widely …

The Volcanic Activity Of Greater And Little Ararat

The Volcanic Activity Of Greater And Little Ararat

According to scientists, the volcanic activity of Greater and Little Ararat began in the third millennium BC. Proof of this are the remains of human bodies found during excavations, as well as household items dating from the Bronze Age… (pay attention to the dating!). During the Common Era, the strongest eruption occurred in July 1840. …

An Olive Grove In The Village Of Ishkhanadzor – Artsakh

An Olive Grove

8 years have passed since Avetis Sanoyan and his family moved from the Syrian city of Aleppo to the village of Ishkhanadzor in Artsakh. During recent years, he and his brother planted gardens, were engaged in grain production, and acquired their own agricultural equipment. They no longer think about returning to Syria. Last fall, they …

The Natural Wonders Of Historical Armenia

The Natural Wonders Of Historical Armenia

Dersim’s medicinal plants Saniye Ildeniz makes herbal mixtures from flowers and plants from Dersim. In an interview with a journalist from the PIRHA news agency, Ildeniz talked about the benefits of some herbs that can cure many diseases. Having received knowledge from her grandmother, she is now following the ideas of traditional medicine in Dersim. …

Lakes Of Sebastia – True Natural Wonders

Lakes Of Sebastia

Numerous karst (shallow) lakes between Hafik and Zara have been formed in geomorphological gaps characteristic of this area. The 15 large and small natural lakes in the areas of Hafik and Zara in the province of Sebastia, Historical Armenia, are remarkable works of nature. One of the most striking features of these lakes is their …

The Jermajur Hot Springs In Artsakh

The Jermajur Hot Springs In Artsakh

The natural warm springs flowing from underground sources are considered one of the most visited tourist destinations in Artsakh. In particular, one popular spot is the town of Jermajur rich in natural hot springs and located at an altitude of 2,200-2,400 meters. The mineral water springs of Jermajur are renowned for their healing properties. The …

The Goldmine Of Lake Sevan

The Goldmine Of Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan is a high-altitude (roughly 2000 meters) freshwater lake surrounded by mountain ranges – the Pambak range from the northwest, Sevan and Areguni ranges from the northeast, and the Geghama and Vardenis ranges from the west and south. Sevan consists of two parts – Lesser and Greater Sevan. The depth of the lake reaches …

The Zarni-Parni Cave – Lori, Armenia

The Zarni-Parni Cave

The Zarni-Parni complex is located in the vicinity of the Haghpat temple in the Lori Province of Armenia. Locals call this place “Old Fortress”. According to archaeologists and historians, the monuments in the complex date back to the 10th century. In antiquity, these structures have initially served as a fortress – more precisely, they have …

Vorotan River Gorge, Armenia

Vorotan River Gorge, Armenia

The deepest of the numerous gorges formed by Vorotan is located on the Tatev-Arzhis section at an altitude of 700-800 m. In this section, the gorge is so narrow that even the rays of the sun cannot penetrate and reach its bottom. In one of the deepest places of the gorge is the most picturesque …

Mamrot Kar Waterfall – Artsakh, Armenia

Mamrot Kar Waterfall – Artsakh, Armenia

The Mamrot Kar waterfall is also known as Hovanots or Shushva Umbrella. The root of the waterfall is a deep water source originating in the stone of the canyon, which gives rise to a continuously running waterfall in the form of a huge umbrella covered with moss (“mamur” in Armenian, hence the name “Mamrot Kar”, …

Russian Media’s Ugly Hypocrisy Towards Armenia

Russian Media’s Ugly Hypocrisy

Armenians are so used to the ugly hypocrisy in the Russian media in relation to Armenia that they don’t really react to it at an everyday level. However, in recent times, the hypocrisy has acquired an official form. We are talking about the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which announced that the former ruling …

Three Vivid Films About Armenia

Three Vivid Films About Armenia

We present to you three very vivid films about the Armenian church and serf architecture, as well as the beautiful nature of the surrounding ancient temples and fortresses. The first film is about the monastery of Tatev. Tatev Monastery (Armenian: Տաթևի վանք) is an Armenian monastery complex of the late 9th – early 10th centuries …

Dendropark of Leonowicz in Stepanavan – Armenia

Dendropark of Leonowicz in Stepanavan

In the 1930s, Polish biologist Edmund Leopoldowicz Leonowicz – a native of Tbilisi, Georgia – visited Armenia. He was fascinated by its nature and decided to establish an arboretum here. In 1933, he brought his project of the arboretum to fruition near Stepanavan in Lori Province. The arboretum would be officially named “Sochut Dendropark named …

Pomegranate, the Symbol of Armenia

Pomegranate, the Symbol of Armenia

The pomegranate is one of most recognizable symbols of Armenia. It symbolizes fertility and fortune in Armenian mythology. It was also believed to be a guardian against the evil eye. At weddings, the bride would throw a pomegranate to break it into pieces. The scattered seeds of the pomegranate ensured that she would bear children. …

Tens of Thousands of Grottoes and Caves in Armenia

Tens of Thousands of Grottoes and Caves in Armenia

Many wonders are concealed within the rock formations of Armenia. Speleologists have thoroughly examined separate cave structures, but there is undoubtedly more large-scale research ahead to do. Only in the territory of modern Armenia, the number of rock formations – canopies, niches, grottoes, and caves – varies between 10-15 thousand. And in the initial period …