7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

Stones are like people in some sense. Some of them stand shoulder to shoulder in masonry, their main feature being the absence of any individual features. Other stones are unique and even exceptional. One could long argue which is more important, but most will probably want to see something new and unique. Stone with the …

Ancient Armenian “Kokh” Wrestling

Ancient Armenian “Kokh” Wrestling

The Armenian wrestling style “Kokh” is regarded as one of the oldest forms of wrestling. The ancient history of this national combat sport is confirmed and attested by numerous travelers to Armenia. First of all, the Persians “touched” the style in the early years of their contact with Armenians. Armenian wrestling was famed in the …

Armenian Carpets – CNN The Silk Road

Armenian Carpets – CNN The Silk Road

We have covered Armenian carpets on our website several times, and this time, we offer you some insight into CNN The Silk Road: Past, Present, Future’s exploration of Armenian carpets. According to CNN The Silk Road, Armenia’s rich tradition of carpet weaving had been a multi-million-dollar industry as of November 23, 2015. Since antiquity, Armenian …

Ancient Armenian Fortress of Kars

Ancient Armenian Fortress of Kars

Like many medieval Armenian towns, Kars had originally been a fortress. In fact, many historians refer to it as “fortress of Kars”. Over the course of the 9th-13th centuries, city quarters spread around the fortress, the latter at some point being turned into a citadel.  In the years of the Turkish-Persian domination, the fortress of …

Map of the Armenia – XVI century – Tercia Asiae Tabula

Map of the Armenia - XVI century - Tercia Asiae Tabula

Tercia Asiae Tabula is the first modern atlas created by Martin Waldseemuller. Based on the translation of Matthias Ringmann, it is one of the most important copies of Ptolemy’s works, containing many new regional maps. Tercia Asiae Tabula includes twenty new maps based on more modern knowledge, apart from the twenty-seven maps of Ptolemy from the …

Marmashen Monastery – Shirak Province, Armenia

Marmashen Monastery – Shirak Province, Armenia

Marmashen Monastery is lying on the right bank of Akhuryan River 2km southwest of the village of Vahramaberd in Shirak Province, Armenia. Marmashen is a striking example of medieval Armenian architectonics, in particular, architectonics of the 10th century. The design of Marmashen shares some of its features with the Ani Cathedral. Marmashen Monastery consists of …

The Tradition of Armenian Carpet Weaving

The Tradition of Armenian Carpet Weaving

Carpets from Armenia are recognized all around the world thanks to their noble appearance, unique embroidery, and natural, non-washable colors. There are two kinds of the Armenian carpet – tufted gorgs (rugs) and knotted carpets – which are woven with the traditional Armenian technique. Armenians have been weaving carpets from times immemorial. The main feature …

Who was Monte – Documentary about Monte Melkonyan

Who was Monte - Documentary about Monte Melkonyan

A documentary about one of the most beloved fighters for Armenia’s freedom – Monte Melkonyan, who left US to give his life for the liberation of Armenia. He joined the Armenian forces without prior military knowledge and soon became the commander responsible for many important victories during the war in Artsakh. A real legend among …

Noravank Monastery – Armenia

Noravank Monastery – Armenia

The 13th-century Noravank Monastery is located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow canyon of the Amaghu River near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor Province. The canyon is renowned for its tall and brick-red cliffs rising directly across from Noravank Monastery. The monastery is particularly famous for its two-level Surb Astvatsatsin Church (Holy Mother …

Helenendorf – City of Germans and Armenians

Helenendorf – City of Germans and Armenians

The city of Helenendorf (now Goygol, Azerbaijan) has been the destination of those who were tired from the heat of their cities in the summer days. Everything in this city reminded of Germans-colonists – most of all, the neat homes and the organized layout of the city built by them. In Soviet years and shortly …

Yerevan, a City of Fountains – Pulpulak

Small fountains of spring water called “pulpulak” can be seen at every step in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. These fountains have long been one of the most recognized symbols of the city. There are over 1,500 pulpulaks in Yerevan. The word “pulpulak” refers to the gurgling of the water flowing out of the fountain. …

Khachik Dashtents – A Writer of Epic Spirit

Khachik Dashtents – A Writer of Epic Spirit

Armenian poet and novelist Khachik Dashtents was born to a family of a shepherd on May 25, 1910, in the village of Dashtadem in Sasun, Bitlis vilayet, Western Armenia. The name of his birthplace would later serve as the basis for his literary pseudonym, Dashtents. Going through all the atrocities of the late 19th and …