Tonino Guerra – Armenia Has Completely Changed Me

Tonino Guerra – Armenia Has Completely Changed Me

We offer to your attention a fragment from the film “Autumn of the wizard” by directors Ruben and Vahe Gevorkiants dedicated to late Italian poet, writer, and screenwriter Antonio “Tonino” Guerra. “Armenia is the only place that has changed me. Completely, I would say. I, of course, have seen the wonders of the world and …

Lavash – A Savior Bread

Lavash – A Savior Bread

Someone once said that everything genius is simple. As simple as lavash, the Armenian kind of bread. This wonder of nature as thick as a parchment was invented in the Armenian land and spread all around the world along with Armenian travelers. Today, it is very difficult to find a place where lavash wouldn’t be …

Gandzasar Monastery, Artsakh – An Unexploded Shell by the Wall

Gandzasar Monastery, Artsakh

The inscription on the outer wall of Gandzasar monastery reads: “The church was gunned on October 29, 1992. Unexploded shell. Do not touch.” As a result of a deliberate bombardment by the Azerbaijani long-range artillery and air force during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, Gandzasar monastery was severely damaged. On January 20, 1993, the monastery was subjected …

The Armenian History is a Continuous Cultural Memory – Frank Viviano

The Armenian History is a Continuous Cultural Memory

“The contemporaries of their ancient ancestors were the Hittites, Phoenicians, Phrygians, Lydians, Chaldeans, and Medians. All those nations have long disappeared, but the Armenians still exist. Traveling around Armenia, I was increasingly understanding that my trip essentially was a study of a centuries-old drama and of a sequence of disasters and rebirth, which reminds of …

The Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church

The Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church

The Artsakh diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church incorporates the whole territory of the Republic of Artsakh, as well as its surrounding historical Armenian lands that have been artificially included into Azerbaijan in Soviet years. The throne of the diocese’s archbishop is situated in one of the largest Armenian temples Surb Amenaprkich Cathedral (Holy Savior …

Armenians in World Cinematography – Artsvi Bakhchinyan

Armenians in World Cinematography

The first Armenian film was shot by Vahan Zardarian in 1912. The founder of the Iranian cinematography was our compatriot Hovhannes Ohanian, while the producer of the first Lebanese film was Harutyun Tyurapyan. Many other similar facts are presented in the 2004 book “Armenians in world cinematography” by Artsvi Bakhchinyan. The nearly 700 pages of …

Armenian Mulberry – The Peacemaker Tree

Armenian Mulberry – The Peacemaker Tree

During one of my trips to Armenia, I visited my friend Manuk. It was summer at the time. We entered his small garden, and Manuk lead me to a tree with a lush crown. “Try them”, said he, carefully collecting dark-violet mulberries. My lips turned violet from the fruit, but I couldn’t stop eating: the …

Yerevan – The Pond of Singing Fountains

Yerevan – The Pond of Singing Fountains

In 1970, Soviet media enthusiastically covered the opening of the first color music fountain complex of USSR in the Republic Square in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Since then, those colorful fountains appear as soon as the city plunges into the darkness in the evening. The “pond with singing fountains”, as the media had called …

Mayors of Tiflis – Destroyed graves – Historical monograph

Mayors of Tiflis - Destroyed graves

In 2004, the Armenian publishing house “Gitutyun” (Armenian: science) published the monograph “Mayors of Tiflis” (now Tbilisi) by historian Samvel Karapetyan. The monograph includes the biographies of the mayors of Tiflis, the capital of Georgia and one of the main cities in the Transcaucasia. In particular, it features the biographies of 47 mayors who held …