Yerevan, a Capital Older Than Rome

Yerevan, a City Older Than Rome

“Many once great cities have become insignificant, and those that in my time have been powerful had been void before. And since I know that human happiness is changeable, I will equally mention every of them.” Thus one of the fathers of world historiography Herodotus has spoken of great cities. It’s hard to disagree with …

Turkish Fake Carpets Sold in Turkey

At the end of his trip to Turkey, American journalist Marc Weber Tobias put together a report on the sales of Turkish carpets. In his article, he noted that he visited many cities and managed to get acquainted with the attractions of the country. After visiting the Kuşadası city, which is located in Western Turkey …

Norşuntepe, a 4000-3000 BC Settlement

Norşuntepe (Turkish: Norşun hill) is located in Eastern Turkey near the upper reaches of the Euphrates river in 25 km from the city of Elazığ. The name of the hill has been probably derived from Armenian name Նոր Սյուն (Nor Syun, New Obelisk).

Norşuntepe (Turkish: Norşun hill) is located in Western Armenia near the upper reaches of the Euphrates river in 25 km from the city of Elazığ. The name of the hill has been probably derived from Armenian name Նոր Սյուն (Nor Syun, New Obelisk). Traces of the ancient settlement were discovered during archaeological excavations conducted by …

Arab Book About the Armenian Genocide

Arab Book About the Armenian Genocide

In 2015 in Egypt, an Arab book about the Armenian Genocide was published. It is based on hitherto secret documents and extracts of orders of Turkish officials, eyewitnesses and executors of the most terrible crime committed 100 years ago in the Middle East. The authors of the publication are Arab scientists Samir Arbash and Nabil …

Armenian Massacres and the Beginning of the Armenian Revolutionary Movement

After the appearance of the Armenian question in the international diplomatic and political arenas, there has been a sharp rise in national-patriotic movements among the Western Armenian population. That has been the time when the first parties (Armenakan Party, Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, Armenian Revolutionary Federation) have been founded. New schools, newspaper and magazine publishers …

Tchibo, the Coffee Company of Carl Tchilinghiryan and Max Herz

Tchibo, the Coffee Company of Carl Tchilinghiryan and Max Herz

Armenian-German entrepreneur Carl Tchilinghiryan was born on February 27, 1910 in Hamburg in the family of Karapet and Erna Tchilinghiryans. After graduating from a local university as an accountant, Tchilinghiryan engaged in business selling dried fruits, dates, cacao, figs, and tea. His activity has been very successful, making him one of the wealthiest businessmen of …

The First Bookstore in the World

The First Bookstore in the World

The first bookshop in the world was started in Rome in the 1st century BC by an Armenian named Tiran. According to Roman records, a Roman general and statesman Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix was able to collect more than 30,000 books with assistance of Tiran. The Roman book trade network was quite developed and covered …

The Astounding Environment of Armenia

The Astounding Environment of Armenia

It is difficult to express the whole magnificence of the natural environment of Armenia as it is impossible to experience it fully without its sounds and fragrance. But it is possible to get enjoyment out of the beauty of Armenia’s environment by just watching photos of it. The Armenian nature is unique and recognizable to …

The Map of Lake Van

The Map of Lake Van

Yeremia Kyomurtchyan’s map of lake Van drawn in 1691 in Constantinople represents the lake and its four islands – Ktuts, Lim, Akhtamar, and Arter. Main churches and shrines of each island are marked on the map as well, supplemented with their brief descriptions, which have been written in a way similar to the one of …

Fermented Milk Product “Narine”

The fermented milk product “Narine” was invented in 1964 by meritorious inventor of the Armenian SSR, professor Levon Erznkyan, and his wife Parandzem Sarukhanyan, Doctor of Biological Sciences. The idea of the product’s creation arose after the birth of their granddaughter Narine. Since scientists studied acidophilic bacteria, they took the girl’s meconium (earliest stool of …

Degradation of Morals in Armenia

Degradation of Morals in Armenia

The degradation of the Armenian society is quite obvious. It is not necessary to be deeply acquainted with the ancient Armenian history to spot the differences between the modern and old cultures as the tendency for loss of morals isn’t a new thing. I remember my grandmother (she was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, lived in …

Mayraberd Fortress – Artsakh

Mayraberd Fortress is a fortress built on the banks of the Qarqar River by the eastern outskirts of town of Askeran in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It is sometimes referred to as Askaran, Askatran, Asketran. The fortress is located 16-17 km northeast of Stepanakert and was built by the Karabakh khanate ruler Panah Ali Khan in the 18th …

Rare Mosaics of the Times of King Abgar V

Rare Mosaics of the Times of King Abgar V

Rare ancient mosaics, dated supposedly at the 1st century BC, have been discovered in the province of Şanlıurfa (the former Armenian city of Urfa) in southeastern Turkey. Archaeologists have unearthed five mosaics of the time of the Armenian king Abgar V, who was a king of Armenian Mesopotamia (4 BC – 7 AD) and the …

Tombs of Teishebaini, Armenia

Tombs of Teishebaini, Armenia

Teishebaini (modern Karmir Blur (Armenian: Կարմիր Բլուր, English: Red Hill), referring more to the hill that the fortress is located upon) was the capital of the Transcaucasian provinces of the ancient kingdom of Urartu. It is located near the modern city of Yerevan in Armenia. The site was once a fortress and governmental centre with …

Historians’ Remarks on Armenia’s Role in the Development of Civilization

Historians’ Remarks on Armenia’s Role

1. “No doubt, Armenians are physically more similar to the ancient inhabitants of Asia Minor depicted in Hittite and Urartian sculptural friezes than Scythians or other Indo-European nomads of Southern Russia” (David Marshall Lang, “Armenia: Cradle of Civilization”, 1970). 2. “The Armenoids are similar to the Sumerians, the inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia” (V. A. Ketkovich, …

The Avedis Zildjian, One of the Oldest Companies

At the very beginning of the 17th century, an alchemist named Avedis created a special alloy of metals that produced noises, which were then not only used in creation of excellent music, but, for example, frightened enemies in battles. The Ottoman Sultan Osman II christened Avedis the surname “Zildjian” (from the Turkish word zil – …

Mysterious Disappearance of Serkisof Demiryolu’s Founder

Mysterious Disappearance of Serkisof Demiryolu’s Founder

Watches of Turkish watch manufacturer Serkisof Demiryolu were quite popular in the Ottoman Empire between the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. The founder of the company was Armenian-Turkish jeweler Serkisof (Armenian: Սարգիսով), who established Serkisof Demiryolu in 1880. Customers of his company were high-ranked officials and statesmen of the Ottoman …