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The Dangers of Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement

The Dangers of Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement

Suddenly, a new dynamic has been set into motion in the Caucasus region. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced that it is time for Armenia and Turkey to work towards a rapprochement. Simultaneously Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened the prospects of beginning negotiations with Armenia while Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has …

A sanctuary of ancient knowledge – The Matenadaran thrives in the digital age

A sanctuary of ancient knowledge - The Matenadaran thrives in the digital age

Priceless manuscripts have survived a long and precarious journey to bear witness to Armenia’s rich cultural legacy. Now digitalization and new exhibition halls at the Matenadaran ensure that the “birth certificates” of our nation defy time and space. The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, generally known as the Matenadaran, is a museum, a research institute, …

Long Island Student Wins New York State Art Award

Long Island Student Wins New York State Art Award

GARDEN CITY, NY (Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, Bayside) – Last October, Isabelle Sirounian, a sophomore at Garden City High School, submitted a sketched drawing of her great-grandmother to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections Contest. The theme of the contest was “I Matter Because…” Feeling the emotions from the war at that time …

Cultural Genocide as a Political Tool

Cultural Genocide as a Political Tool

The cultural genocide actively being waged by Turkey and Azerbaijan is a component of the physical genocide of the Armenian people, intended to obliterate any vestiges of their existence on their ancestral lands, which they have inhabited for centuries. According to a report by the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul, before World War I, there were …

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 …

Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

Navigate through secluded buildings that once housed some of the brightest scholars of the Middle Ages I’m sitting in my living room, peering down through a virtual reality headset into a dirt pit in Khor Virap where legend says St. Gregory the Illuminator was held for 15 years before curing his captor, King Trdat, of an ailment and convincing him to convert to …

My Virtual Armenia – This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia

My Virtual Armenia - This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia

Painstaking imaging of cultural heritage sites worldwide has the potential to usher in a new era of participatory preservation efforts Armenia’s medieval monastery at Noravank, nestled amid the craggy slopes of the country’s mountainous terrain, is a striking exemplar of Armenian architectural tradition. Elegant geometrical symmetries abound in its places of worship, and the ancient …

Two Iranian documentaries win at Armenian film festival

Two Iranian documentaries win at Armenian film festival

Directed and produced by Abdolqader Khaledi, ‘Balora’ has won the special jury award in the short documentary section at the 7th edition of the Armenian festival. ‘Kal Fatemeh’ by Mehdi Zamanpour Kiasari, also won an award at the Apricot Tree Ujan International Documentary Film Festival.  Kal Fatemeh is about a woman who lives on her own farm away …

Europa Nostra and European Association of Archaeologists Call for Protection of Karabakh Cultural Heritage

Europa Nostra and European Association of Archaeologists Call for Protection of Karabakh Cultural Heritage

Prominent European groups the Europa Nostra and the European Association of Archaeologists have issued a joint statement regarding the need to for the protection of the integrity, authenticity, and diversity of the rich multicultural heritage in and around the area of Nagorno Karabakh. Below is the complete text of the statement. “We, representatives of EUROPA NOSTRA and …

Archaeological news from Armenia

Archaeological news from Armenia

Tombs of Hellenistic period discovered in Artsakh A group of tombs dated between I-II B.C. has been found during the agricultural works carried out in “Khachin Tap” area of Artsakh’s Askeran region.  As the Artsakh Republic “Protection Service for Historical Environment” NCSO reports, during the excavation works held on August 24-25, led by archeologist Vardges …

Armenia – Cultural news

Armenia - Cultural news

Michael Harutyunyan’s painting acknowledged at international competition “Figurativas-2021” The work by Armenian painter Michael Harutyunyan was presented at the prestigious international competition “Figurativas-2021” in Barcelona, the painter informed on Facebook. The was chosen one of the best by the jury and on October 8 of this year, together with other selected paintings, will be exhibited …

Armenian graves damaged by bulldozers in Van

Armenian graves damaged by bulldozers in Van

An Armenian cemetery in the Tuşba district of the eastern Van province has been damaged by bulldozers. Kalecik Neighborhood, also known as Lezk, was an Armenian neighborhood before the 1915 genocide. The Housing Development Agency (TOKİ) built housing estates in the neighborhood after the 2011 Van earthquake. A few days ago, a person who is …

Due to the blocking of the road by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, residents of Armenian villages are deprived of access to food and health care

Due to the blocking of the road by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, residents of Armenian villages are deprived of access to food and health care

Serious restrictions on access to food and medical services have ensued for the population of villages as a result of blocking the road by Azerbaijani servicemen in Syunik Particularly, the connection of the Goris community Shurnukh, Vorotan, Bardzravan villages and the Kapan community Nor Arachadzor village of the Syunik province of Armenia has been significantly …

Aliyev Tells Azeris To Use “Original Azerbaijani Names” For Armenian Towns

Aliyev Tells Azeris To Use “Original Azerbaijani Names" For Armenian Towns

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has made fresh false historical claims against Armenia, charging that certain regions and settlements in Armenia should be called by their “original Azerbaijani names”, Caspian News reports. Aliyev has claimed on numerous occasions that Yerevan, the province of Syunik and Lake Sevan in Armenia are all “Azerbaijan’s historic lands”. Back in …

Satellite Imagery Reveals Azerbaijan’s Persistent Erasure of Armenian Heritage Sites

Satellite Imagery Reveals Azerbaijan’s Persistent Erasure of Armenian Heritage Sites

Using high-resolution satellite imagery, Caucasus Heritage Watch identified over a dozen Armenian sites that have been destroyed, damaged, or threatened by Azerbaijan. For decades, the Azerbaijani government has been waging a methodical erasure of Armenian heritage sites in areas under its control. This campaign has extended to new territories after Azerbaijan took over Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh in Armenian) …

The presence of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on the roads between the communities of Syunik is a violation of the vital rights of the citizens of Armenia

The presence of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on the roads between the communities of Syunik is a violation of the vital rights of the citizens of Armenia

The Azerbaijani serviceman directed his rifle upon us: the RA Human Rights Defender became convinced by own experience that Azerbaijani Military presence on the roads in Syunik is a real threat to a person Last week, we became convinced by our own experience that presence of Azerbaijani servicemen on the roads between Armenia’s Syunik province …