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The Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem

The Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem

The Armenian Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Quarter is considered to be lying in the place of the palace of a Judean king Herod the Great. The first Armenian settlers appeared in Jerusalem presumably in late 1st century AD, however, the first Armenian presence in Jerusalem …

The Georgian Names of Armenia and Armenians

The Georgian Names of Armenia and Armenians

In Georgian, Armenians are referred to as “Somekhi”, while Armenia is called “Somkheti”. In medieval Georgian accounts, the region inhabited by Armenians was called “Somkhiti”, which has been the past geographical term for Armenia. In the 18th century, the name “Somkhiti” changed into “Somkheti”, becoming a new Georgian exonym of Armenia. Modern scholars think that …

Armenia in a 1710 Atlas

Armenia in a 1710 Atlas

In 1705-10, a renowned French cartographer, scientist, and writer Henri Chatelain in cooperation with Nicolas Gueudeville published a monumental work named “Atlas Historique, Ou Nouvelle Introduction A l’Histoire, à la Chronologie & à la Géographie Ancienne & Moderne” (“Historical atlas and new introduction to the history, chronology, ancient & modern geography”). Considered a brief geographic …

Armenian Tolma and Mulberry Vodka Praised by Michelin Star – Young Chef 2018

Armenian Tolma and Mulberry Vodka Praised by Michelin Star

Over the last years, UNESCO has greatly contributed to the preservation of ancient monuments in the territory of historical and modern Armenia. However, UNESCO sometimes makes strange and unexplainable decisions. In particular, we mean the recent inclusion of dolma into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Azerbaijan. Why not include dolma in the list …

1500 Years Old Armenian Karas Expropriated During Military Operations – Western Armenia

1500 Years Old Armenian Karas Expropriated During Military Operations

During recent anti-Kurdish operations in historical Western Armenia, the Turkish military stumbled upon a 1,500 years old karas (Armenian kind of vessel). The artifact was reportedly found at the house of a member of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (Kurdish: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê‎, PKK). The military operations are presented as “anti-terror operations” by the Turkish media. …

Armenia Uncovered by Kev Orkian

Armenia Uncovered by Kev Orkian

Renowned British-Armenian musician, comedian, and actor Kev Orkian in cooperation with an Australian-Armenian journalist and producer Andy Symon shot a film about the beauty of Armenia. In the film, the director will be telling not only the story of Armenia itself but also its peoples. The film named “Armenia Uncovered” will be released in March …

The Insight of Armenia by French TV Channel TV5 Monde

The Insight of Armenia by French TV Channel TV5 Monde

In a report dedicated to the art of making khachkars (cross-stones) in Armenia, French TV channel TV5 Monde noted that there still are approximately 40,000 pieces of cultural treasure in the form of khachkars scattered throughout Armenia. The author of the report recounts: “Khachkars are always situated next to temples, in cemeteries, monastery walls, or …

Armenia in the Illustrations of Travelers Joseph Pitton de Tournefort and Johann Baptist Homann

Armenia in the Illustrations of Travelers Joseph Pitton de Tournefort

The book “Relation d’un voyage du Levant” (“A voyage into the Levant”) by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656 – 1708) features a number of interesting images depicting Armenian cities and its people in the Ottoman, Persian, and Russian Empires.   Illustrations of Armenian-populated cities by Johann Baptist Homann (1663 – 1724) Illustrations by PeopleOfAr

Armenia on the Maps of the Ottoman Empire

Armenia on the Maps of the Ottoman Empire

On 19th-century Ottoman maps of Armenia, the territory between Lake Van and Erzurum is denoted as Ermenistan, said cartographer Ruben Ghalechyan, the founder of the scientific-cultural organization Armenian Institute stationed in London. The indigenousness of Armenians to the Armenian Highlands and their cultural heritage has been frequently denied by Azerbaijani and Turkish historians. “I have …