Rusahinili, the Ancient Capital of the Kingdom of Van

Rusahinili, the Ancient Capital of the Kingdom of Van

Rusahinili was the capital of the Kingdom of Van located on the fortified rock “Toprakkale” (modern name of the city as well) east of the city of Van. Rusahinili was built by King Rusa I (Armenian: Հրաչյա, Hrachya, according to the notes of Movses Khorenatsi. The distorted name Rusa is much more known today) after …

Tosp, the Ancient Capital of the Kingdom of Van

Tushpa, the Ancient Capital of the Kingdom of Van

Tosp (Armenian: Տոսպ ) is an ancient city, the capital of the Kingdom of Van (Urartu) in its heyday. Tosp was located on the shore of Lake Van, on the western outskirts of the modern city of Van. The main element of the architecture of Tosp was the Van rock, the residence of the kings. …

Truth About the Armenian Genocide in Vatican’s Archives

Truth About the Armenian Genocide

The author of numerous works on the Armenian Genocide Michael Hesemann presented to the media 1100 pages of documents from the archives of Vatican. After years of research on this issue, the German journalist, historian, and author of the book “The Armenian Genocide” Michael Hesemann studied documents from the Vatican archives, which were previously classified. …

Armenian Highlands as the Base of Society and Knowledge

Modern Armenia… A small state that connects Europe with Asia. Two millennia ago, it was considered one of the most powerful states in the Middle East commensurate with the Roman and Parthian Empires. Scientific research, archaeological excavations, manuscripts, ancient maps, and even the Bible contain evidence that Armenia is the cradle of civilization. In ancient …

Report of Turkish Historian on the Expropriation of Armenian Property During the Armenian Genocide

Report of Turkish Historian on the Expropriation of Armenian Property

In February 2015, a Turkish historian Mehmet Polatel gave a lecture entitled “Expropriation of the property of Armenians during and after the Genocide” at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan. We will present you with some excerpts from this lecture. “After the slaughter and resettlement of Armenians, the Turkish authorities created 33 commissions supposed …

A Trip to The Beautiful Armaghan

A Trip to The Beautiful Armaghan

Despite the fact that the extinct volcano Armaghan (2829 m) is one of the natural monuments of Armenia, one can rarely hear or read about it. And maybe this is for the best. It helped preserve the purity and in some way the primordial nature of this remote and beautiful corner, which we visited together …

The Black Book of Turkish Crimes

“The Black Book” is a book-accusation in which famous foreigners talk about Turkish crimes of the late 19th century and Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Those events resulted in the extermination of two million Armenians, plunder, and appropriation of all property of the civilian population. No indigenous people were left in Western …

“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 …