“Armenian Paper” for Fashion!

“Armenian Paper” for Fashion!

If you go to any French pharmacy and ask for “Armenian paper” or, as the French call it, “Papier d’Armenie”, you will receive a package of fragrant cut paper, pleasant to the touch. If you set it on fire, the paper will burn without flames. The effect will be unexpected: you will feel a light, …

Van Cat, the White Knight of Lake Van

Van Cat, the White Knight of Lake Van

Vana katu (Armenian: Վանա կատու) or Van Cat is the oldest breed of domestic cats, which dates back at the times when Noah’s ark moored to the Mount Ararat. These cats are surprisingly strong and playful. They are not afraid of water and are able to swim long distances. Van cats were also credited with …

The Progressive Judiciary of Mkhitar Gosh

The Progressive Judiciary of Mkhitar Gosh

Mkhitar Gosh’s judiciary was quite progressive for its time. The progressivity of a product determines its ability to adapt to a developing society. This condition implies a constant dynamic development of the product in time. In other words, if the product is progressive at some point, then it is progressive for all times. One needs …

Armenian Festival in The Capital of Argentina

Armenian Festival in The Capital of Argentina

Thousands of people came to the square in the area of Palermo called “small Armenia” to take part in the festival called “Buenos Aires Honors Armenia“. The event was held with the assistance of the city hall, the embassy of Armenia, and the Ministry of Diaspora of Armenia. Since midday, the guests enjoyed live music, …

Mysterious Cave-Town in Khndzoresk, Armenia

Mysterious Cave-Town in Khndzoresk, Armenia

Khndzoresk is one of the most visited places in Armenia. At the beginning of the 20th century, about eight thousand people lived in the caves of Khndzoresk. In the 1950s, the authorities of USSR decided that Soviet citizens should not huddle in the dark cold pits and resettled them. The new village of Khndzoresk was …

Model of The Solar System – Ancient Lchashen

The first inhabitants of the modern village of Lchashen located on the northern slopes of the Gegham Mountains settled there in the 4th millennium BC. Eastern areas of the village are among the oldest monuments in the open air. In that area since the 1950s, archaeologists have discovered many ancient artifacts that are now displayed …

Armenians in China

Armenians in China

The Armenian and Chinese people knew about each other’s existence from immemorial times. The word “Armenia” in Chinese sounds “Ya-mei-ni-ya,” hieroglyphs of which mean “the beautiful maid of Asia.” In Armenian sources, legends, and fairy tales, China is called a country of chenes, Chinumachin, or Chinastan. According to the preserved thousands-years-old information, Armenians visited China …

King Levon VI – Buried Not in Armenia

The Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia fell with the overthrow of Levon VI in 1375. For almost three centuries, Cilicia has served as a stronghold of Christianity in the Middle East working with the crusaders, while trying to maintain a balanced relationship with the strengthening Muslim neighbors. Levon VI, who was the last king of Cilicia …

Platon Zubov About the Armenians

The Armenians, whose kingdom once reached the Euphrates and Tigris, both the Black and Caspian Seas, and had their northern border at Tiflis, lost their sovereign identity in 428. It is possible to decisively connect the era of the decline of the Armenian Kingdom with the fall of the Arsacid dynasty. The power of the …

Ancient Armenian Calendar

Ancient Armenian Calendar

Who needs simple numbers to determine time spans? After a while, the repetition of the names of the days of the week might become rather boring. The ancient Armenian calendar had a name for every hour, day, and month of the year. Along with the fact that the concept of “thirty days in a month” …

King Zarmayr Haykazuni – Ancient Armenia

Zarmayr Haykazuni (Armenian: Զարմայր Հայկազունի) was the 29th king of Ancient Armenia from the Haykazuni dynasty. He ruled in 1192-1180 BC. During his reign, Zarmayr brought his army to Troy to help the king of Troy Priam to defend it. He died by the walls of Troya. His death caused great unrest in Armenia and …

Extermination of Khachkars in Julfa, Nakhichevan

For a long time, Armenians constituted the significant part of the population of the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, the landlocked exclave of Azerbaijan. But at the beginning of the third millennium, only the remnants of Armenian architecture and numerous cemeteries reminded of this former presence, the largest of which was a graveyard near the city of …

Armenian Inscriptions of Jerusalem

Armenian Inscriptions of Jerusalem

During excavations for the construction of a new, broader road on the number one highway in Jerusalem near Musrara, a monastic complex dating at the period of Byzantine’s existence was discovered, meaning that it is a 5th-7th-century complex. Initially, outer territory of a church, an underground tomb, and an apse with Greek inscriptions were discovered. …

Torgom And Mesrayim – Origins

Torgom And Mesrayim – Origins

Having learned about the death of Aram, the titan Mesrayim gathered a large army and moved to the border of Ararat. The bad news reached Torgom. He met Mesrayim with a small detachment on the border separating Ararat and the Kingdom of Darkness. And Torgom said to Mesrayim: “King of the Titans, why are you …

Art of Kingdom of Van

5th-4th century BC artistic metal products are noteworthy for their reflection of the influence of the culture of the Kingdom of Van (Urartu) on the culture of Achaemenid Empire. Vessels with handles in shape of winged ibex, bulls, lions, horses, rhytons with images of the same animals and riders, and pectorals (chestplates in the shape …

Ancient Statuette of Unknown Material

Ancient Statuette of Unknown Material

In ancient times, the Sumerians and Egyptians believed that science and wisdom had come to them from the Armenian Highlands. The mysteries faced by historians, who conduct their own research in Armenia, are sometimes unresolvable even with the help of modern technologies. So, back in the seventies of the last century, archeologists discovered a statuette …