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Volcano Azhdahak – Ancient Armenia

Volcano Azhdahak – Ancient Armenia

Azhdahak is an extinct volcano, the highest point of Gegham mountains with elevation of 3597 m (11801,18 ft) above sea. The volcanic field of Gegham mountains last erupted at 1900 BC ± 1000 years. Azhdahak is the third highest mountain on the territory of modern Armenia after mounts Aragats and Kaputjugh. Azhdahak is particularly notable …

Levonkla – Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia

Levonkla – Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia

Architecture of Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia developed upon the base of traditions of Kingdom of Armenia and local culture. Such cities as the original capital of Cilicia Tarsus, the following metropolis Sis and Anabarza incarnated the experience of Armenian architectonics. Monastic complexes Hromkla (nowadays Rumkale), Drazark, Akner and Skevra are another embodiment of Armenian spiritual …

Corycus – Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia

Corycus – Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia

Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia was a sovereign principality established during the High Middle Ages by Armenian refugees fleeing the Seljuk invasion of Armenia. It was situated outside of the Armenian Highland in the Cilicia region northwest of the Gulf of Alexandria. Kingdom of Cilicia was distinct from Armenian Kingdom which had been suffering from political …

Unbelievable Liberation of Inapproachable Shusha

Unbelievable Liberation of Inapproachable Shusha

On 9 May Victory Day is celebrated in former republics of Soviet Union and some European countries. But in Armenia it is not only the day of commemoration of the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany, but also the liberation of the city of Shusha in Nagorno-Karabakh during Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Seizure of the …

“Mother Armenia” In Metal And In Flesh

“Mother Armenia” In Metal And In Flesh

In 1950 the biggest monument dedicated to the Soviet Union leader from mid-1920s until 1953 Joseph Stalin was put in Yerevan, and since then the park and even the district of its location have been called “The Monument”. There were hearings at the time that Stalin himself visited the Armenian capital to witness his giant …

Tigranakert, the Antique Capital of the Armenian Kingdom

Many Armenian kings established new cities for their reign, transferring the capital of the state to those and populating them with artisans and farmers, merchants and soldiers, including those captured in wars with neighboring countries. Sometimes more than one such cities were founded. The names of that localities and capitals were mainly given in honor …

Holy Cross Church on Akhtamar Island

Ախթամարի Սուրբ Խաչ եկեղեցի (“Akhtamari Surb Khach Yekeghetsi”, Holy Cross Church of Akhtamar) is an early medieval monastery of Armenian Apostolic Church and has been built by architect Manuel during 915-921. The Surb Khach church is one of the unique monuments of architecture and fine examples of artistic progress in Armenia during 9th century. Since …

The First Rock Band of USSR

The first rock band of USSR gathered in the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute from students of architecture faculty in 1967. The leader of the group was singer, poet, composer and guitarist Artur Meschyan, who already had some fame for his student years song “Ուր էիր Աստված” (“Ur eir Astvac”, English: ”Where Were You God”), dedicated to …

Ani, The Ancient Capital of Armenia

Ani, The Ancient Capital of Armenia

In 45 km from Kars, on the very border of the Republic of Armenia are the ruins of the once great medieval city of Ani, the capital of the Ani kingdom. The history of this city has been well studied and a numerous articles and books have been written about it. I will highlight only …

Treasures from Germany

Treasures from Germany

Nowadays heritage of past eras is often to be discovered during numerous archeological excavations. These discoveries include decorations, architecture, ancient technologies, jewelry and common items used in everyday life of our ancestors. You might even happen to discover such things in unexpected places for you, which might be even your own yard. Though discovery of …

The Richest Chinese Entrepreneurs

The Richest Chinese Entrepreneurs

Despite the problems with economic growth in China, well-being of Chinese entrepreneurs stays unaffected. Total capital of 400 Chinese participants of Forbes list of billionaires is $947 billion, which is by more 14% compared to last year. In addition, for the first time every one of 400 entrepreneurs is a billionaire, compared to 84% in …

Dresden, the cultural treasury of the world

Dresden, the capital city of state Saxony, Germany, stands out by its cultural wealth consisting of musical, artistic, architectural and sculptural masterpieces. Cityscape of the city is formed by architecture of Baroque, Renaissance and nineteenth century contrasting with modern districts with cafes, workshops and galleries of artists. Because of the similarity of Dresden’s glorious architecture to the Italian style the center of Saxony is often called Florence on Elbe. Dresden’s architecture consists of museums, palaces, churches and halls. One of those is the remarkable concert hall Semperoper, which has been projected by architect Gottfried Semper and is considered the musical center of the city. Another example of Dresden’s architecture is Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), a Lutheran church built in the 18th century under August II the Strong, Elector of Saxony, who has made great contribution to Dresden’s architectural culture. The church was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden during World War II, and the remaining ruins were left for 50 years as a war memorial following decisions of local East German leaders. The rebuilding project of the church has started after the reunification of Germany and was finished in 2005. Not far from the Frauenkirche is the Fürstenzug (Procession of Princes), a large mural of a mounted procession of the rulers of Saxony, including August II the Strong. Another construction under August II the Strong is the Zwinger, a palace built in Rococo style and designed by court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. It served as the orangery, exhibition gallery and festival arena of the Dresden Court. Today, the Zwinger is a museum complex that contains the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), the Dresden Porcelain Collection (Dresdener Porzellansammlung) and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments). Dresden holds a vast collection of works of German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian artists which can be seen in such halls as Albertinum, a modern art and sculpture museum named after King Albert of Saxony, and Lipsius-Bau gallery. One of the upcoming halls is the former thermal power plant in the center of Dresden, which is being reconstructed to host Dresden’s Operetta theater as well as to become a place of culture and art.

Dresden, the capital city of state Saxony, Germany, stands out by its cultural wealth consisting of musical, artistic, architectural and sculptural masterpieces. Cityscape of the city is formed by architecture of Baroque, Renaissance and nineteenth century contrasting with modern districts with cafes, workshops and galleries of artists. Because of the similarity of Dresden’s glorious architecture …

Armenian virtuoso violinist

Armenian virtuoso violinist

Italian violinist Nicollò Paganini was a phenomenon of violin techniques. The lightness and agility of his performance gives him the right to be considered the most gifted violinist of all time, and his genius forms modern violin art. His talents made their own imprint on his compositions, making them so complicated and yet so magnificent …

How German people get rid of diseases

How German people get rid of diseases

Modern medicine is able to cure most of known diseases. Despite that people in every corner in the world still use methods of so-called “traditional medicine”. Some of them really can aid you in recovery, but there are cases when you should go to doctor instead of practicing such methods. In Germany people have their …

Armenian feast day Vardavar

Armenian feast day Vardavar

Vardavar is one of the feast days of Armenian Apostolic Church. It is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus, which took place on the mount Tabor, as is believed. The Transfiguration of Jesus is described by Synoptic Gospels  Matthew (17:1–9), Mark (9:2–8) and Luke (9:28–36). “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, …