Dadivank Monastery – Armenia

Dadivank Monastery – Armenia

Dadivank Monastery is a unique place. Is it gorgeous? Absolutely! Is it sacred? Ancient? Undoubtedly, since traditionally, Dadi has been the disciple of Thaddeus, one of Jesus’ Apostles who preached Christianity in Armenia back in the 1st century AD. Mkhitar Gosh, a writer, thinker, and a representative of the Armenian Renaissance, called Dadivank Monastery “Arakelagir”, …

The Armenian Alphabet Was Used in Turkish Writing

The Armenian Alphabet Was Used in Turkish Writing

The Turkish language doesn’t have an alphabet of its own. In the 1920s, the establishment of the Republic of Turkey was accompanied by a language reform, which introduced a whole new alphabet based on a modified version of the Latin script. In the Ottoman era, modified forms of Arabic letters have been used in Turkish …

Kobayravank, the Pearl of the Debed Canyon

Kobayravank, the Pearl of the Debed Canyon

On the high slopes of the Debed Canyon and on the slopes of the basalt Lori mounts with completely bare tops and grass-covered foothills stands a gorgeous architectural complex of antique religious significance. It is located 10 km south of the town of Alaverdi in Lori Province, Armenia. Kobayravank (also known as Kobayr Monastery) was …

Gosh Lake – Tavush, Armenia

Gosh Lake – Tavush, Armenia

Gosh is a small lake located in Dilijan National Park, Tavush Province, Armenia. It is lying 2 km southeast of the village of Gosh, as well as in the vicinity of the Goshavank Monastery. The village, the monastery, and the lake were named after an Armenian writer, thinker, and public figure Mkhitar Gosh. The surface …

Armenian Merchants in New Julfa, Iran, and How Captain Kidd Took Over an Armenian Merchant Ship in 1698

Armenian Merchants in New Julfa, Iran,

In 1604, the forced movement of Armenians from the Jougha (Julfa) region, which is today located in Nakhichevan, was a part of Persian Shah Abbas’s grand scheme of creating a no-man’s-land between his and the Ottoman Empire’s domains. Although Armenians endured much suffering during the movements, they would be granted special privileges that allowed them …

World-Renowned Armenian Artists – Part 3

World-Renowned Armenian Artists – Part 3

Panos Terlemezyan (Փանոս Թերլեմեզյան, 1865-1941) was one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century. Terlemezyan’s artistic style formed under the influence of impressionists. His pieces have been mostly made on Armenian motifs. Today, the works of this great artist are showcased in the National Gallery of Armenia, the Tretyakov Gallery, and many other …