Portasar Built by Hunter-Gatherers?

Portasar Built by Hunter-Gatherers?

Given the fact that Portasar is 8,000 years older than the Stonehenge and that its every column weighs many tons, we should ask ourselves not only what types of tools were used to carve the figures in the stones but, more importantly, also ask what material these tools were made of. Remember, it was 12,000 …

Two Armenian Women in the Forbes List

Two Armenian Women in the Forbes List

Forbes has published an annual ranking of the richest self-made women in the United States. On the 42nd position is Carolyn Rafaelian with a fortune of 520 million dollars. She earned her fortune with her own brand of jewelry Alex and Ani which she named in honor of her two daughters. It was founded in …

Argishtikhinili – Ancient Armenia

Argishtikhinili – Ancient Armenia

Argishtikhinili (near the present-day town of Armavir) was an ancient city in the Kingdom of Van (Urartu) established under king Argishti I and named after him on the left bank of the Araks River, in its middle reaches. The city existed in the 8th-6th centuries BC. The ruins of the central fortress of Argishtikhinili are …

Three Unique Photos of Armenian Genocide Witnesses

Three Unique Photos

The first photo was found in manuscripts stored in the National Archives of Armenia. It depicts a concentration camp of deported Armenians in the Syrian desert of Ras al-Ayn. It dates to 1915 or 1916. Judging by the angle, it was most likely taken in secret — the person who took the picture wanted to …

Khachatur Araratov – An Example of Fearlessness and True Heroism

Khachatur Araratov

Khachatur (Kristapor) Gerasimovich Araratov, an awardee of the St. George Cross of the 4th degree, was born on June 18, 1876, in Tiflis. He was a descendant of hereditary Tiflis noblemen and the son of a retired lieutenant colonel Karapet (Gerasim) Avetikovich Araratov. Araratov graduated from the Tiflis Cadet Corps (1893) and the Mikhailovsky Artillery …

The First Media Platform in Yerevan – Early 20th Century

The First Media Platform in Yerevan

The newspaper “Erivan Announcements” was published from 1901 to 1917. The editor-in-chief of the publication – theatrical figure, philanthropist, and publisher Emin Ter-Grigoryants – managed to create a platform that most fully reflected the life of Yerevan in those days. On the pages of the bilingual newspaper, it was possible not only to post job …

Three Turkish Attempts to Destroy Armenians

Three Turkish Attempts to Destroy Armenians

At least three times in its history, Turkey has attempted to commit genocidal acts to implement the policy of mass extermination and deportation of the Armenian population of Artsakh (Karabakh). The current position of Turkey and attempts to put forward preconditions for Armenia in combination with pressure cases in order to obtain the necessary concessions …

Captain Sarkis Torossian – Hero of the Dardanelles

Captain Sarkis Torossian

Captain Sarkis Torossian was born in 1891 in the town of Everek (an Armenian settlement in the Caesarea region of the Angora Province, Ottoman Empire). He graduated from the local parochial school and since childhood has dreamed of becoming a military man, which, however, has been an almost unrealizable dream because of the strictest prohibition …

The Ancient Armenian City of Bitlis

The Ancient Armenian City of Bitlis

Bitlis (Baghesh in Armenian) is a city in historical Western Armenia and the center of the Turkish province of the same name. Bitlis Province corresponds to some areas of Greater Armenia’s provinces of Aldznik and Turuberan. The city is located at an altitude of 1600 meters, about 20 km southwest of Lake Van, south of …

Armenian Women of Kharberd in Aleppo

Armenian Women of Kharberd in Aleppo

The girls and children in the photo below were residents and natives of Harput (Kharberd in Eastern Armenian and Kharpert in Western Armenian), now Elazig. That ancient city was founded by Armenians. At the end of the 19th century, the majority of its population were Armenians. In 1895-96, several thousand local Armenians were massacred and …

Ashkharhazhoghs – Democracy in Ancient Armenia

Ashkharhazhoghs – Democracy

The references to democracy in Ancient Armenia through the Ashkharhazhogh conference (Armenian: World Assembly) are preserved in the writings of Romano-Jewish historian Josephus from the 1st century AD. In the pre-Christian era, the Ashkharhazhogh conference was usually convened every year on Navasard holidays at the sanctuary of the Vanatur temple in Bagavan located at the …

Another Armageddon in the Culture and Architecture of Armenia

Another Armageddon in the Culture

The photograph below shows a medieval bridge built in Oshakan by Nahapet of Edessa in 1691-1706. Under the bridge, modern hustlers mounted a swimming pool, turning the historic place into an entertainment and recreational area. It would be great to know who is the author of this monstrous “masterpiece”. It remains only to place dressing …

Methods of Turkification in the Ottoman Empire

Methods of Turkification

During the Armenian Genocide, various methods of punishment and violence were used against Armenian orphans in Turkish orphanages. This again indicates that Islamization and renaming were carried out by force. The first important condition for admission to an orphanage was renaming. Almost all orphans mention this in their memoirs. Garnik Banyan who had lived in …

Caricature of Abdul-Hamid in the Le Rire Magazine

Caricature of Abdul-Hamid

Le Rire (French: “Laughter”) was a famous French magazine published in Paris from 1894 to 1950 and for a short time in the 1970s. Le Rire is considered one of the most successful Parisian satirical publications. The magazine covered the main events of art and culture, as well as did not bypass politics, ridiculing corruption …