Artavazik Church – Byurakan, Armenia

Artavazik Church – Byurakan, Armenia

Artavazik Church is located in the gorge near the village of Byurakan, Armenia. Built in the 7th century from red and black tuff, the church has a cross-domed construction. The eastern wing is semicircular, while the rest are rectangular. On the northwest side is a small aisle. The west entrance is decorated with a portal …

The Heritage of the Kingdom of Van

The Heritage of the Kingdom of Van

During excavations of the fortress city of Erebuni in the early 70s, silver bowls with figures of a warrior and a horse were discovered along with a bronze cauldron lid with a small handle in the shape of a flowering pomegranate. According to archaeologists, these finds belong to the era of the Van Kingdom (6th …

How Ijevantsi Seto Eliminated Kurd Salih

How Ijevantsi Seto Eliminated Kurd Salih

In 1904, in one of the borderline Armenian mountain villages of Sasun ruled a henchman of the Turks, the Kurdish leader Salih. He was known for his cruelty towards the disobedient Armenians of the mountain of Sasun. But the Armenians would not be Armenians if they had not taken a fair solution to this issue. …

Do Not Dare to Convince the Armenians to Forgive

Do Not Dare to Convince

Keep your urges away, I won’t take the Turks as people as long as there is at least one among them who claims that there was no Armenian Genocide and that Armenians were simply resettled. April 24, 1915, occupies a special place not only in the history of the Armenian Genocide but also in the …

Makanakhagh – Ancient Armenian game

Makanakhagh – Ancient Armenian game

Makanakhagh is one of the oldest games of the Armenian people, and it’s quite popular even today. The first mentions of this game date back to the 4th century. One variant of the game is on foot, the other is equestrian. The basic rules for dismounted Makanakhagh (currently more popular) are similar to modern football …

“To My Mother” – Soghomon Tehlirian

“To My Mother” – Soghomon Tehlirian

Below is the farewell letter of Soghomon Tehlirian that he dedicated to his mother who had died tragically near the city of Yerznka during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. “To my mother… In the bottomless gloom of a faded memory, I was looking for you, my mother, horrified at the thought of losing you forever… …

Luther George Simjian, the Inventor of ATM

Luther George Simjian, the Inventor of ATM

ATMs have become an integral part of our lives, but not much is known about the author of the invention that has made life easier for billions of people. Much ahead of time, the first ATM was invented in 1939 by American scientist of Armenian descent Luther George Simjian (January 28, 1905 – October 23, …

The Excavations of Tigranakert of Artsakh

The Excavations of Tigranakert of Artsakh

In 2017, another stage of archaeological excavations in Tigranakert of Artsakh was completed. It has lasted 40 days. According to the head of the expedition Hamlet Petrosyan, for such an enormous project, 40 days is too short. Nevertheless, a lot has been done during this time – excavations were carried out at 2 sites. 2 …

Khoranashat Monastery – Chinari, Armenia

Khoranashat Monastery – Chinari, Armenia

Khoranashat Monastery is located northeast of the village of Chinari in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It was founded by Vanakan Vardapet (archimandrite Vanakan) with the support of the Vahramyan princes in the first half of the 13th century. The monastery complex includes the churches of Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) and Surb Kiraki …

Woodrow Wilson’s Memorandum to the Turkish Grand Vizier – 1919

Woodrow Wilson’s Memorandum

A telegram from the French High Commissioner in Constantinople regarding the actions of Admiral Bristol who had corresponded with the Turkish government without first consulting the Allied High Commission. Translation from French. August 23, 1919 “Admiral Bristol, the recently appointed US High Commissioner in Constantinople, sent on August 22 a critical memorandum to the Grand …

Artsakh Falcon Nelson Stepanyan

Artsakh Falcon Nelson Stepanyan

On December 12, 1944, Soviet pilot Nelson Stepanyan perished bravely. Nelson Stepanyan directed his downed plane to an enemy ship. So Armenia fought, so the sons of Artsakh fought, and one was worth a division. For skeptics and doubters – in that last battle, along with Stepanyan died his navigator Alexey Rumyantsev. He did not …