“Urbatagirk”, the First Printed Armenian Book

“Urbatagirk”, the First Printed Armenian Book

“Urbatagirk” (Armenian: “Friday book”) was printed in Venice in 1512 thanks to the enlightening activities of Hakob Meghapart. Being written in Classical Armenian, “Urbatagirk” was the first printed book in the Armenian language. It is comprised of 124 pages, including 24 illustrations. The content of “Urbatagirk” is partly religious and partly secular and consists of …

The Turks Almost Destroyed an Ancient Temple in Syria

The Turks Almost Destroyed an Ancient Temple in Syria

As reported by publications of worldwide media, the Turks invaded Syria. Their destructive assault resulted in the partial demolition of a 10th-century Hittite temple. Ain Dara is located 10 kilometers south of Afrin. Experts report that almost 60% of the structure is destroyed. The act of the Turkish army was condemned by the Syrian archaeological …

Ravished Armenia – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – 1919

Ravished Armenia – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - 1919

The silent film “Ravished Armenia” (also known as “Auction of Souls”) was shot by director Oscar Apfel at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is based on the memoirs of Aurora (Arshaluys) Mardiganian who miraculously survived the Armenian Genocide. She has been at the very center of events – she has been subjected to violence in the Deir …

Armenians Show Great Genetic Affinity to Ancient Europeans

Armenians Show Great Genetic Affinity to Ancient Europeans

A recent study of Armenian DNA revealed that modern Armenians show signs of mixture of local Bronze Age people. Those ancient populations, which demonstrate a high level of affinity to Neolithic Europeans, have maintained homogeneity for over three millennia. Armenians themselves are distinct from their neighbors. They have their own unique church, the Armenian Apostolic …

Eros on Stones of Armenia – Our Ancestors Have Been Much More Knowledgeable Than We Thought

Eros on Stones of Armenia

Poets, artists, scientists, and regular people will probably never be able to fully unveil the mysteries of the relationships between men and women. New and new pages are constantly written in this book. This isn’t surprising because those who create life are as limitless as life itself. Apparently, here, we can apply the statement “everything …

The Phenomenon of the Agithu Cave

The Phenomenon of the Agithu Cave

The village of Agithu is located 4 kilometers south of Sisian, on the left bank of Vorotan River. It is particularly known for its 7th-century tomb structure. Not too far from it is a set of several unique caves that have grabbed the attention of Armenian and German scientists. And since 2009, an Armenian-German expeditionary …

Armenian Presence in Haifa, Israel

Armenian Presence in Haifa, Israel

Armenians have been present in Haifa, Israel for centuries. Their presence became especially noticeable after the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire during WWI. That’s when the biggest Armenian community in the city was established. The 10,000 community required a separate area for their religious rituals. In 1925, the community purchased a 2-story building …

The Yerits Mankants Monastery – Artsakh

The Yerits Mankants Monastery - Artsakh

The Yerits Mankants Monastery is located in the Martakert Province of the Republic of Artsakh. It was built by the princely family of Melik-Israelyans in the historical Jraberd county in ca. 1691. Presumably, its purpose was to rival the Hasan-Jalalyan family, the patrons of the Holy See of Gandzasar. The monastery was named in honor …

The Hovhannavank Monastery – Ashtarak, Armenia

The Hovhannavank Monastery – Ashtarak, Armenia

Hovhannavank is a medieval monastery located in the Hovhannavan Village about 6km north of Ashtarak. It resides on the right bank of Kasagh River, from where opens a scenic view of Mount Ara. The monastery has been presumably established in the early 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator (Grigor Lusavorich). Today, only its ruins remain. …

Aghbiur Serob – Armenian Fedayis

Aghbiur Serob – Armenian Fedayis

Agphiur Serob (born Serob Vardanyan) occupied a special place among the revolutionaries of Western Armenia. Serob was born in the Sokhord Village of the Khlat Gavar in 1864. He has been participating in the national liberation movement against the Turkish domination since his youth. In 1891, Serob left his birthplace because of being pursued by …

The Harichavank Monastery – Armenia

The Harichavank Monastery - Armenia

Harichavank (Հառիճավանք) is a medieval monastic complex of the 13th century. The oldest building of the complex dates back at the 7th century. The St. Gregory Church was built under the architectural influence of the Church of Mastara. The ruins of a one-nave church of the 5th century are also preserved. The center of the …