Arevakhach, the Armenian Swastika

Arevakhach, the Armenian Swastika

The Armenian swastika is one of the Armenian symbols of eternity and rebirth. The traditional swastika was the embodiment of light (in the broadest theological sense), hence its name Arevakhach (translated from Armenian – “solar cross”). Besides, during the sun worship period in Armenia, this sign was a symbol of the sun. The word “swastika” …

The Largest Manuscript – “Homiliarium of Mush”

The Largest Manuscript - “Homiliarium of Mush”

The largest ancient handwritten book is the Armenian “Homiliarium of Mush” kept at Institute of Ancient Manuscripts Matenadaran in Yerevan, Armenia. The manuscript weighs around 32 kilograms (70.5 lbs., without the cover). It is a copy rewritten by Vardan Karnetsi in the Monastery of Surb Karapet of Mush in 1200-1202. For the production of the …

Queen Erato of Armenia

Queen Erato of Armenia

The last monarch of the great Artashesian dynasty was Erato, the daughter of Tigranes III, the half-sister, and wife of Tigranes IV. Her date of birth is unknown.  She died after 12. Erato was the second child of the family of Tigranes III. She was born and raised in Rome (where her father lived and …

Gorgeous Fauna of Armenian Highlands

Gorgeous Fauna of Armenian Highlands

The fauna of the Armenian Upland is rich and diverse. Some species are listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, for example, Armenian viper (Vipera raddei), Armenian mouflon, Wild goat, Golden eagle, Bearded vulture, Dalmatian pelican, Common shelduck, Marbled polecat, Persian leopard, Sevan trout (Ishkhan), Common crane, Syrian brown bear, Black stork, and …

Agarak – More Ancient Than Egyptian Pyramids

Agarak – More Ancient Than Egyptian Pyramids

Being more ancient than the pyramids of Egypt, Agarak village is located to the south of Mount Aragats on the banks of the Amberd river. During the ongoing archaeological excavations, a street with round-shaped houses and rectangular buildings was discovered. Some of the constructions retained ancient plaster, household items, and fortified walls with traps-false entrances. …

Demolition of Armenian Monuments in Armenian Highlands

Demolition of Armenian Monuments in Armenian Highlands

Destruction of antique memorials preserving the history of Armenia in the neighboring countries of the Republic of Armenia still continues. For the entire period of its 100-year existence, Azerbaijan’s government has been actively seeking its non-existent origins in the ancient geographical locality, which with “help” of Stalin and the Turks was created and called Azerbaijan …

Turkey’s Present for Georgia, or the Real Image of Turks

Turkey’s Present for Georgia, or the Real Image of Turks

According to Armenia Today, in 2014, Turkey decided to present Georgia with 300 historical monuments of Western Armenia located in Tayk. Members of the Public Council, representatives of the Commission on Diaspora, Religion and International Integration Vahan Ter-Ghazaryan, Ashot Manucharyan, and Zhasmin Asryan were the ones reporting on this. “Today, Turkey states that the Armenian …

Jean-Paul Belmondo Among Armenians

Jean-Paul Belmondo Among Armenians

A few days before his 80th birthday, Jean-Paul Belmondo visited St. Petersburg where he led his creative evening. He arrived with his crony of 65 years, the French actor of Armenian origin Charles Gérard. During the meeting of friends with Petersburgers, all attention was focused on Belmondo. Meanwhile, Gérard is a famous artist, a favorite …

Armenian Artifact-Cheese

Armenian Artifact-Cheese

During excavations in Khoshab (Ervanduniq or Hayotc Dzor) fortress near Van, four pitchers with a sort of Armenian cheese zhazhik were found. As the Turkish edition Orghaber reports, the results of a study revealed that the discovered cheese is about 250 years old. The edition also notes that the find is a kind of Armenian …

The Kingdom of Sophene – Ancient Armenia

The Kingdom of Sophene – Ancient Armenia

The Kingdom of Sophene was an ancient Armenian state which existed from the 3rd century BC to 94 BC. It has lost its status after the King of the Kingdom of Armenia Tigranes II the Great put it under Greater Armenia’s control. Sophene was the first Armenian kingdom to have its own mint. The Armenian Kingdom …

Fashion of Armenian Rulers

Fashion of Armenian Rulers

An unprecedented display of Armenian royal costumes from artist-designer Lilit Melikyan was held in Yerevan. The Megerian carpet making museum and factory hosted the most diverse audience. Lilit Melikyan’s collection attracted not only fashion and design lovers but admirers of art in general as well as those who are interested in the history of Armenia. …

Cats of Armenia

Cats of Armenia

In ancient times, the territory of Armenia was inhabited by several species of big cats. In Armenia, lions and cheetahs (the so-called Asian subspecies) have been exterminated a very long time ago. Tigers (the so-called Caspian subspecies) have lived there from at least the beginning of the 20th century. Now, they can be seen only …

Armenian Numismatics

Armenian Numismatics

Today, the subject of the Armenian numismatics affects many people, and it is worthy of consideration.  As soon as a ruler stepped onto the throne in antiquity, he or she first initiated coinage to create money with his or her image. Taking into account the possibilities of communications of this period, coinage played an important …