The Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church

The Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church

The Artsakh diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church incorporates the whole territory of the Republic of Artsakh, as well as its surrounding historical Armenian lands that have been artificially included into Azerbaijan in Soviet years. The throne of the diocese’s archbishop is situated in one of the largest Armenian temples Surb Amenaprkich Cathedral (Holy Savior …

Armenians in World Cinematography – Artsvi Bakhchinyan

Armenians in World Cinematography

The first Armenian film was shot by Vahan Zardarian in 1912. The founder of the Iranian cinematography was our compatriot Hovhannes Ohanian, while the producer of the first Lebanese film was Harutyun Tyurapyan. Many other similar facts are presented in the 2004 book “Armenians in world cinematography” by Artsvi Bakhchinyan. The nearly 700 pages of …

Armenian Mulberry – The Peacemaker Tree

Armenian Mulberry – The Peacemaker Tree

During one of my trips to Armenia, I visited my friend Manuk. It was summer at the time. We entered his small garden, and Manuk lead me to a tree with a lush crown. “Try them”, said he, carefully collecting dark-violet mulberries. My lips turned violet from the fruit, but I couldn’t stop eating: the …

Yerevan – The Pond of Singing Fountains

Yerevan – The Pond of Singing Fountains

In 1970, Soviet media enthusiastically covered the opening of the first color music fountain complex of USSR in the Republic Square in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Since then, those colorful fountains appear as soon as the city plunges into the darkness in the evening. The “pond with singing fountains”, as the media had called …

Mayors of Tiflis – Destroyed graves – Historical monograph

Mayors of Tiflis - Destroyed graves

In 2004, the Armenian publishing house “Gitutyun” (Armenian: science) published the monograph “Mayors of Tiflis” (now Tbilisi) by historian Samvel Karapetyan. The monograph includes the biographies of the mayors of Tiflis, the capital of Georgia and one of the main cities in the Transcaucasia. In particular, it features the biographies of 47 mayors who held …

The Ashkharhs of Greater Armenia

The Ashkharhs of Greater Armenia

Ancient Armenia consisted of administrative units called “ashkharhs” (“world” in Armenian), which could be deemed analogous to modern states. Each of the ashkharhs had broad self-management capabilities. Essentially, an ashkharh was an autonomous monarchy with its own ruling dynasty, culture, cuisine, traditions, and dialect of the Armenian language. The significant differences in the traditions and …

Yeghishe – Teachings of Creation – 5th Century

Yeghishe – Teachings of Creation – 5th Century

“After the dissolution of the unified language, a beauty formed: the tender Greek language, the acute Latin, the threatening Hunnish, the beseeching Syriac, the luxurious Persian, colorful Alanian, the mocking Gothic, the Egyptian that as if comes from a secret place, the chirping Indian, and the tasteful Armenian that could collect all the languages in …

Artik, Armenia – Cultural Chronology of Bronze Age

Artik, Armenia – Cultural Chronology of Bronze Age

Among the Armenian settlements that could shed some light on the chronology of the Bronze Age culture of ancient populations of the Armenian Highlands is Artik, a no less important site than Lchashen. One could draw many parallels between the archaeological finds in Artik and Lchashen. The bronze tools and weaponry discovered in Artik are …