Gigantic Anthropomorphic Steles In The Republic of Artsakh

Gigantic Anthropomorphic Steles In The Republic of Artsakh

Near the village Nor Karmiravan, Martakert province, Republic of Artsakh, 3 thousand years old anthropomorphic steles have been discovered. They are considered one of the most significant finds belonging to the pre-Christian Armenian culture. According to archaeologists, stone sculptures similar to these steles can be found only in Artsakh’s region. The steles are separated into three …

Mysterious Finds In Armenia – Giants of Nairi

Mysterious Finds In Armenia – Giants of Nairi

Anthropologists, scientists and independent researchers have been discovering remains of tall people in the mountains of Armenia for many years. Today, residents of many villages of Armenia are convinced that there have been entire cities of giants in the distant past. Numerous tombs found in Gyumri, Lchashen, Khot, Yeghvard, Goshavank, Ohanavan, and other settlements might …

The Khanasor Expedition By Armenian Fedayees

The Khanasor Expedition, organized at the end of 19th century, was one of the most expansive offensives by Armenian fedayees. It was conducted against the Kurdish Mazrik tribe and its chief Sharaf Bey in particular. The Mazrik tribe were camped in the fields of Khanasor, near Avarayr and the Turkish-Persian border. Sharaf Bey has actively …

The Lesson For Armenians From The 1878 Congress of Berlin

The Lesson For Armenians From The 1878 Congress of Berlin

The term “Armenian Question” refers to the efforts of Western Armenia directed to the protection of the Armenian nation’s self-determination and their freedom of neighboring communities’ oppressions, and revolutionary movements inside the Ottoman Turkey aimed at regaining the territorial and national individuality of Armenia. The term used in European history became commonplace among diplomatic circles …

Apathy of Armenian Officials

Country of Georgia nationalized the flag of Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, but it seems that the matter doesn’t even bother scientific circle of Armenia, although they surely know about the origin of the flag. The fact of borrowing isn’t the most terrible part, but the disregard of known facts by Armenian historians is. Does that …

The Reality of Western Armenia

The Reality of Western Armenia

It would be a mistake to believe that the government of Turkey avoids adapting territories of Western Armenia to their policies, fearing the probable reclamation of the region by Armenia and possible expenses. At the initiative of Turkish government, intensive construction works are taking place on the territory of Western Armenia (now Eastern Anatolia Region, …

King Tigranes the Great In Opera

King Tigranes the Great In Opera

Who is the king who has the most number of operas dedicated to him? Curiously enough, that king is Tigranes the Great, King of the Kingdom of Armenia in 95-55 BC. There are 23 operas about him in total, written by known European composers. This might be good news for lovers of music and opera …

Millennial Gospel of Tsughrut Has Been Repaired

Millennial Gospel of Tsughrut Has Been Repaired

The Gospel of Tsughrut (Akhaltsikhe region, Georgia), which is one of the most valuable artifacts of medieval Armenian miniature, has received new life. Locals considered the Gospel the guardian of the village, attributed miracles to it, and didn’t wish to part with it even temporarily. The employees of the Restoration department of Matenadaran were compelled …

Peculiarities of Armenian Language

Armenian language and its alphabet are unbelievably diverse. You can often see how Armenian names lose their simplicity after being translated to other languages because some letters of the alphabet need to be replaced with multiple characters for the transliteration to represent the characters of the original as closely as possible. For comparison, English alphabet, …

Alexander The Great And Armenia

Surprisingly, today the most powerful tool of propaganda is cinematography. Promotion of an idea, be it false or true, good or evil, is very easy, and that easiness impresses and frightens everyone, including historians and people familiar with history. That is the reason for the high value of films made by specialists to tell information …

Athleticism in Armenia

Athleticism in Armenia

Armenians have been worshiping physical strength from ancient times. Vahagn, god of fire and war of Armenian mythology, possessed enormous power both physically and spiritually. Vahagn fought and conquered dragons, hence his title Vishabakagh, “dragon reaper”, where dragons in Armenian lore are identified as “Vishaps”. Many of Vahagn’s acts resemble the ones of Heracles. Hayk …

Pyramid of Ararat Plain

For several years archaeologists of Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Armenia have conducted excavations near the settlements of the Ararat plain in collaboration with American research group. Their searches have resulted in the discovery of unusual building, dated back to III-II millenniums BC. The construction resembles the …

Armenian Mountain Horses

Armenians have been one of the first nations to tame and breed horses. Armenian horse is one of the most ancient strains of horses in the world. Numerous notes and literature sources contain evidence about the significance of horses to Armenian people. Horses have been used in cavalry, hunting, and as means of transportation. In …

Khosrov Forest State Reserve – Armenia

Khosrov Forest State Reserve - Armenia

In 5th century Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi mentioned the Khosrov Reserve which was founded by King Khosrov III of the Kingdom of Armenia, whom the reserve is named after. Nature of the reserve has remained untouched for 17 centuries. The reserve has an area of 29196 hectares of which 9000 hectares are forested. The flora …

Makaravank Monastery – Armenia

Makaravank Monastery - Armenia

10th to 13th century church complex Makaravank is located in Tavush province, Armenia, 3 km southeast of village Achajur, on the slope of Paitatap Mountain. The main temple, according to inscriptions on a khachkar south of it, was completed in 1205. It was built of carefully cut andesite stones, and includes two sacristies with an …

Monastic Complex Shkhmuradi, Armenia

Shkhmuradi monastery has been built during 12th-13th centuries in valley of Varagadzhur river, and now is located in 6 km from village Tsaghkavan (also known as Melikgyugh) in Tavush province, Armenia. Monastic complex includes a church, a chapel, and two vestibules. The monastery probably received its name after nearby commune Shkhmurad (Shkhmuradi meaning of Shkhmurad). …

The Secret of Longevity of Armenian Nation

Mesrop Mashtots - Armenian Alphabet and the Secret

Falsification of Armenia’s history isn’t something new. In different times for different reasons it has been falsified, but lately the range of the alteration of facts has quite expanded. The process of falsification of Armenian historical facts has been commenced by United Kingdom which had had rich experience with it in regard to its colonies. …

We Are All Armenians

We Are All Armenians

With or without “yan” in the end of our surnames. People who are either 100% or 1% Armenian. Children who were adopted and accepted into Armenian families, or wives and husbands who married representatives of our community. People who are in Armenia and who are scattered throughout the globe. Immigrants in the fifth-generation and even …