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  • The largest Russian church in Armenia

    < Back The largest Russian church in Armenia Discover the Church of Saint Arsenius in Gyumri, Armenia's largest Russian church. Built in the 1870s, this historic landmark has a unique design and attracts visitors throughout the world. The Church of Saint Arsenius, located in the Kazachi Post area of Gyumri, Armenia, is the largest Russian church in the country. Named after the archbishop of Serbia, St. Arsenius, this historic church was built in the 1870s and consecrated on January 6, 1910. The facade of Saint Arsenius the Archbishop of Serbia Church Architecturally, the church featured two main domes: a conical belfry characteristic of Armenian design and an onion-shaped dome. However, in the 1930s, these domes were demolished, and the building was repurposed as a shelter for orphans, a cattle stable, and eventually a cinema club. Inside Saint Arsenius church Since the 2010s, the church has been undergoing a slow but steady renovation, funded by contributions from believers and benefactors. In particular, I noticed that the roof has undergone temporary renovations. Despite its turbulent history, the Church of Saint Arsenius remains a significant spiritual and cultural landmark in Armenia. Project Gallery Previous Next

  • Urbex Armenia

    Urbex Armenia After the collapse of the Soviet Union numerous industrial plants, hotels, pioneer camps, cultural centers, and other establishments fell victim to looting or succumbed to the ravages of time. Over the years, the inexorable passage of time has bestowed upon these sites an air of mystery and allure, making them increasingly appealing to tourists. Within this section of my website, you will discover a multitude of abandoned locations in Armenia that I have personally explored, and which now await your discovery." The largest Russian church in Armenia Discover the Church of Saint Arsenius in Gyumri, Armenia's largest Russian church. Built in the 1870s, this historic landmark has a unique design and attracts visitors throughout the world. Read More Exploring a Giant Thread Factory Discover the history and nostalgia of a giant Soviet-era thread factory, where original machinery and rare Armenian safety posters remain intact. Experience the thrill of seeing the machines in action and explore parts of the factory that have been modernized in recent years. Read More A Visit to the Northern Bus Station The Northern Bus Station, located on the outskirts of Yerevan towards Abovyan, is a masterpiece of regional modernism designed by Armen Aghalyan and Vardan Avetisyan. Despite its damaged roof and half-empty state, this 1988 architectural gem continues to attract architecture and photography enthusiasts. Discover its unique blend of historical and modern design. Read More Another Abandoned Plane in Armenia Since my earlier post about the abandoned plane located in Ashtarak generated significant interest, with many using my article as a guide to visit that location, here's another post dedicated to an abandoned plane. This time, we are heading to the shore of Tsovinar Lake to see an abandoned Tu-134 plane. Read More The Iron Fountain in Gyumri Despite its abandonment and the scattered garbage around it, this rusty iron fountain in Gyumri continues to draw tourists from around the world. Why? The answer is simple: its creator was a visionary architect whose works, even when abandoned, retain a remarkable allure. This unique fountain, with its futuristic design, promises to captivate viewers, ensuring that a photo of it will quickly go viral on the internet. Read More Exploring an Abandoned Carpet Factory This giant carpet factory, once bustling with thousands of workers and boasting a capacity to produce 1 million cubic meters of carpet annually, now stands desolate, serving as a solemn reminder of its once illustrious past. The machinery is now being sold for scrap, casting a shadow over its former glory. Read More The abandoned Children's Railway in Yerevan Explore the historic Yerevan Children's Railway nestled in the picturesque Hrazdan gorge. Established in 1937, this 2.1 km railway features iconic stations like "Motherland" and "Pioneer." Discover its rich history, from its inception to present-day plans for renovation and revitalization. Experience a piece of Armenia's railway heritage. Read More We saw a huge fresco inside this culture house While on an urbex mission in the Aragatsotn region, Armenia, we visited this village to see their culture house! It didn’t disappoint, as inside, we saw a huge fresco! Read More This abandoned factory once produced electrical components Within the ruins of this Soviet factory lie hidden artworks, which you will discover in this article as we embark on an exploration! Read More World War II Memorials In Armenia Worth Seeing Explore Armenia's World War II memorials, honoring the bravery of its people. These monuments serve as poignant reminders of sacrifice and valor, standing as a testament to their bravery and unwavering dedication to their country. Read More Exploring an abandoned sanatorium During this urbex tour, I'm exploring a 14-story building known as "Arzni 3," once a bustling sanatorium during Soviet times. Today, it stands abandoned, stripped of windows and doors. Only a handful of artworks adorn the walls, serving as poignant reminders of its former glory. Read More Exploring an Abandoned Sanatorium Built by German Prisoners of War This abandoned sanatorium is one of the many buildings constructed by German prisoners of war in Armenia. Let’s explore this marvelous building, which, despite being looted, made a huge impression on me! Read More Exploring an Abandoned Glass Factory We received information from a local stalker that there is a fascinating fresco inside this abandoned glass factory! The time has come for exploration... Read More How to Urbex – A Beginner’s Guide Are you someone who has seen photos or videos of abandoned buildings on the internet and wishes to witness them firsthand? Then welcome to the urbex community! This article can serve as a useful guide to those who want to start urbexing! Here we jump over the wall. Read More Exploring an abandoned Soviet sanatorium Explore the Arzni village's iconic sanatorium, nestled 23 km north of Yerevan. Once a Soviet-era popular sanatorium, now a time capsule revealing a unique blend of leisure and medical services. Read More Exploring an abandoned clock factory Explore the rich history of the Yerevan Clock Factory, founded in 1943. From stylish alarm clocks to commemorative timepieces, discover the legacy of innovation. Read More Exploring an Abandoned Thermal Power Plant Once again, I find myself on an urbex mission. This article serves as a brief reflection on my exploration of the abandoned thermal power plant. It marked my inaugural experience inside such a structure, leaving me profoundly impressed. Read More A Soviet sports complex frozen in time Explore the intriguing story of a sports complex frozen in time, constructed over a decade from 1975 to 1986 with the ambition of becoming the largest sports structure in the region. Read More A Soviet Culture House in High Modernist Style This cultural house in Armenia serves as a portal to the Soviet past, unveiling a rich architectural and cultural heritage. Remaining unrenovated, it has retained its original appearance, becoming a unique relic from the past that attracts urban explorers worldwide. Read More Aragil Restaurant in Victory Park "Aragil" is an abandoned building in Victory Park, Yerevan, not far from the "Mother Armenia" monument. Since it sits atop a high hill, it offers a picturesque view of Yerevan. Unsurprisingly, it draws urban explorers, and some budget travelers even pitch tents to spend the night! Read More Exploring the Gagarin Statue and Nearby Abandoned Factories After exploring the Gagarin statue in Gagarin village and the local culture house (strangely inside I found no artworks), we delved into nearby abandoned factories. Experience our journey through photos, with a focus on Soviet warning posters that provide a captivating glimpse into the historical context of these industrial spaces. Read More Exploring an abandoned Soviet culture house This abandoned Soviet Culture House in Armenia, with its crumbling facade, ghostly interiors and magnificent frescoes serves as a poignant reminder of a chapter in history that has shaped the collective memory of our nation. Read More A stunning culture house in Armenia The time has come! I am now making a visit to one of the most stunning cultural houses in Armenia! This building, built in Soviet times, is an architectural masterpiece and can leave a lasting impression on urban explorers! Read More Inside Abandoned House During an urbex exploration in the Ararat region of Armenia, we spotted this intriguing house in the distance and couldn't resist the urge to explore its mysteries! Read More Exploring an Abandoned Hotel This abandoned hotel on the shore of Lake Sevan, Armenia, hides one of the most amazing mosaics one can see in Armenia! A paradise for art lovers and urbex photographers! Read More Abandoned Village Old Khot - Armenian Machu Picchu Old Khot, also known as Hin Khot, is often referred to as the Armenian Machu Picchu due to its resemblance to the Inca citadel located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru. Discover this mysterious ghost village hiking along Vorotan Gorge. Read More Exploring Herouni’s Radio-Optical Telescope Explore the Herouni United Space Center nestled in the picturesque village of Orgov, Armenia. The standout jewel in this serene landscape is unquestionably Herouni's Radio-Optical Telescope, destined to leave an enduring impression on you. Additionally, delve into the narrative of Arev, an avant-garde solar thermal power station conceptualized by Paris Herouni amid the energy crisis of the 1990s in Armenia. Read More Behind the Scenes of a Soviet Culture House A visit to this culture house promises a journey into the Soviet past, revealing the charm of old movie projectors, vintage posters, a captivating fresco, and exquisite stage curtains! Join my guided tours for unforgettable impressions. Read More Inside the Abandoned Culture House of Physics Institute This abandoned culture house amazed me with the posters I saw inside! So far, I have explored many abandoned buildings, but this one was really good! Take a look at Soviet posters and more that we found! Read More Exploring an abandoned shoe factory in Armenia While on an exploration mission in the Syunik region with G. Mattu, we decided to explore this shoe factory as well. It had a guard, probably living nearby, whom we managed to convince to let us in, and he kindly showed us around. Read More Exploring an abandoned school in Armenia A true time capsule, this school, built in 1901 with the support of Gaspar Ter-Margaryan, has left an indelible mark. Unlike many abandoned buildings in Armenia, this architectural marvel remains untouched, thanks to the efforts of the locals who have preserved its rich history. Despite the school's closure in 2010, its cultural significance lives on, with hopes for restoration to transform it into a museum. Read More Exploring An Abandoned Factory In Armenia While exploring abandoned buildings in Armenia, we entered this factory where we saw a fresco of Lenin, many rusty buses, and picturesque posters on 'Civil Defense' and 'Road Safety Rules'! Urbexing in Armenia can reveal lots of interesting stuff about the country's rich industrial history! Read More Deep in the Woods We Discovered This Soviet Pioneer Camp Few urban explorers visit this abandoned place in Armenia! We stepped in to explore and found out that not much is left! Only bare walls and a few paintings... Read More Armenian Statue "Arshaluys" In Vogue Magazine This is a story of one Armenian statue on the Yerevan-Sevan highway, and how it found fame through a Vogue photoshoot with model Jerry Hall. Read More Discover a Soviet Time Culture House in Armenia This abandoned Soviet-Armenian culture house offers a thrilling architectural design which urban explorers will definitely appreciate! Read More Abandoned Yak-40 Plane in Armenia Discover Armenia's aviation history as we tour the Yak-40 aircraft, once a part of Armenian Airlines, now resting in Ashtarak city. Explore and take awesome pics in there... Read More Exploring an abandoned Soviet pioneer camp in Armenia This abandoned pioneer camp in Armenia is the best-preserved location of its kind that I've ever encountered. A visit to this camp will allow you to discover the striking relics, from majestic reliefs to statues of iconic characters like Buratino and Medz Mher. The real gem awaits at the well-preserved swimming pool with mesmerizing mosaics. Join me on an unforgettable urbex journey as we unveil the mysteries of Armenia's Soviet past. Read More Discovered an abandoned Soviet-era culture house in Armenia This abandoned culture house in Bjni has some of the most amazing frescoes I ever saw. Read More A rare Soviet poster I discovered in Yerevan This is one of the largest Soviet posters that has made its way into modern days! A wanted gem for urban explorers... Read More An abandoned culture house in Armenia with wonderful frescoes This is a culture house from Soviet period which every urban explorer should see! A great relic for those who want to explore the "abandoned side of Armenia" and love artworks! Read More A visit to Alaverdi train station This historical building of Alaverdi train station not only has a unique design but also many wonderful frescoes inside. A location which is perfect for urbex photography and urban explorations... Read More Sevan Writers’ House - Soviet Modernist Architecture in Armenia Situated on the shore of Lake Sevan, this hotel, built during Soviet times, showcases a unique architectural design that continues to captivate tourists from around the world even in modern times. When visiting Sevan, stop by for a cup of coffee, immerse yourself in the rich history of Armenian architecture and enjoy the view that opens up from the Dining Hall Read More Exploring an abandoned chemical factory in Armenia This abandoned Soviet-era factory in Armenia had a lot to offer! Two notable things we discovered during this urbex tour were a unique fresco and a 'Lenin, Engels, Marx' mosaic. Read More An urbex tour to an abandoned pioneer camp Few urban explorers have visited this Godforsaken place, we were lucky to find it. An abandoned pioneer camp perched deep in the woods made a huge impression... Read More

  • The most beautiful churches in Armenia you should visit

    < Back The most beautiful churches in Armenia you should visit Planning to visit Armenia and explore its most beautiful religious sites? This article serves as a useful tourist guide. From the iconic Etchmiadzin Cathedral to the recently built Quba Mere Diwane Yazidi temple, each site offers a glimpse into Armenia's rich religious history and stunning architectural heritage. Discover these timeless treasures and immerse yourself in Armenia's spiritual and cultural legacy. Etchmiadzin Cathedral Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church, stands in the city known as both Etchmiadzin and Vagharshapat, Armenia. It is generally considered the first cathedral built in ancient Armenia and is often regarded as the oldest Christian cathedral in the world. Etchmiadzin Cathedral Khor Virap monastic complex Nestled amidst the stunning Armenian landscape with the majestic backdrop of Mount Ararat, Khor Virap Monastery stands as a sacred pilgrimage site. Its significance dates back to Gregory the Illuminator's 13-year imprisonment by King Tiridates III. After his release, Saint Gregory became the king's religious mentor, leading the country's proselytizing activity. In 301 AD, Armenia was declared the world's first Christian nation. A chapel was initially erected in 642 at the site of Khor Virap (Deep Pit), where Gregory the Illuminator endured 13 years of imprisonment. It was constructed by Nerses III the Builder as a mark of veneration to Saint Gregory. Over time, the chapel underwent several reconstructions. In 1662, the larger chapel known as the "St. Astvatsatsin" (Holy Mother of God) was built around the remnants of the old chapel, incorporating the monastery, refectory, and monks' cells. Khor Virap monastic complex Noravank Noravank, a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex, features the iconic Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) Church and Surb Karapet (St. John the Baptist) Church, nestled in a gorge renowned for its stunning red cliffs, making it a favorite destination among tourists. Khachkars and Surb Astvatsatsin Haghpat Monastery Haghpat Monastery, a medieval complex built between the 10th and 13th centuries in Haghpat village, Armenia, is described as a "masterpiece of religious architecture and a major center of learning in the Middle Ages." Alongside Sanahin Monastery, it was listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996. Aerial photo of Haghpat monastic complex Yererouk Basilica Yererouk, also known as Yereruyk or Ererouk, is a 4th–5th century Armenian church situated near the village of Anipemza in the Shirak Province of Armenia. The name "Yererouk" translates to "quivering" in Armenian. According to popular tradition, the name of the temple originated from its distinctive architectural design, which appears to quiver atop its six columns when viewed from a distance. Yererouk Basilica as seen by my camera Horomayr Monastery Horomayr Monastery, located in Lori Province, is divided into upper and lower parts, each offering breathtaking views of the Lori gorge. My personal favorite is the Lower Horomayr, situated beneath towering cliffs, accessible via a rewarding one-hour hike. Horomayr Monastery as seen by my drone Sevanavank Sevanavank is a 9th-century monastic complex situated on a peninsula of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. The complex comprises two churches: Surp Arakelots, meaning "Holy Apostles," and Surp Astvatsatsin, meaning "Holy Mother of God." Both churches feature cruciform plan structures with octagonal tambours. Sevanavank in May The world's largest Yazidi temple Quba Mere Diwane is recognized as the world's largest Yazidi temple, situated in the Armenian village of Aknalich, within the province of Armavir. This region holds significance as the Yezidi community constitutes the largest minority. The Yazidis, a sizable ethnic minority in Armenia, follow an ancient monotheistic faith with influences from Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sufism, Zoroastrianism, and elements of Iranian paganism. Quba Mere Diwane in Aknalich village St. Nicholas in Amrakits village St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Church is a Russian Orthodox church situated in Amrakits village. Initially built in 1848, it underwent reconstruction between 1910 and 1914. Regrettably, it suffered damage during the 1988 Spitak earthquake, like many other architectural masterpieces, and has remained in disrepair since then. Thanks to its unique design, St. Nicholas attracts thousands of tourists annually The Church of Saint Arsenius the Archbishop of Serbia The Church of Saint Arsenius the Archbishop of Serbia is located in the city of Gyumri, Armenia. The church was built in the 1870s and consecrated in 1910. During Soviet times, in the 1930s, the domes were destroyed. After this, the building was used as an orphanage, a film club and a stable. Located in Gyumri city this church attracts visitors thanks to its charming design Gallery

  • The Largest Yazidi Temple in the World – Quba Mere Diwane

    < Back The Largest Yazidi Temple in the World – Quba Mere Diwane Discover Quba Mere Diwane, the world's largest Yazidi temple, located in Aknalich, Armenia. Built by businessman Mirza Sloyan and designed by Artak Ghulyan, this stunning 25-meter-high temple features seven domes and a museum. Learn about its dedication to Yazidi angels and its cultural significance. Quba Mere Diwane, opened in September 2019, is the largest Yazidi temple in the world. Located in the village of Aknalich in the Armavir region of Armenia, it was built at the expense of an Armenian Yazidi living in Russia, businessman Mirza Sloyan. The new temple is situated just a few meters from Ziarat, the first Yazidi temple in Armenia, built in 2012. The temple was designed by Artak Ghulyan, one of the most prolific architects of religious buildings in Armenia. Quba Mere Diwane The temple is 25 meters high and consists of seven domes surrounding a central arched roof. It also houses a seminary and a museum. The temple is dedicated to the angel Malak Tavus and the seven angels of Yazidi theology. The highest dome and the surrounding domes symbolize angels and are decorated with golden suns. The design is largely inspired by the Lalesh Temple in northern Iraq, the main Yazidi shrine and place of pilgrimage. In the adjacent park opposite the temple, one can see numerous statues dedicated to renowned Yazidi and Armenian historical figures and saints. Yazidis are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Armenia, practicing an ancient, monotheistic belief that has similarities to Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sufism, and Zoroastrianism, along with elements of Iranian paganism. A monument dedicated to the Genocide of Shangali Yazidis Yazidis are a national minority and according to the Armenian census, 35,000 Yazidis lived in Armenia in 2011. Gallery

  • Articles

    Articles about Armenia, mountaineering history and explorers... Being an avid reader I always felt an inner urge to share my knowledge! In this section of my website you can find articles about mountaineers, mountaineering history, explorers and my lovely country Armenia! The Largest Yazidi Temple in the World – Quba Mere Diwane Discover Quba Mere Diwane, the world's largest Yazidi temple, located in Aknalich, Armenia. Built by businessman Mirza Sloyan and designed by Artak Ghulyan, this stunning 25-meter-high temple features seven domes and a museum. Learn about its dedication to Yazidi angels and its cultural significance. Read More Kond Mosque in Yerevan Kond is an old district in the eastern highlands of Yerevan within the boundaries of the modern Kentron administrative district. It is one of the oldest districts of Yerevan. In the Kond district, there are many historical buildings, including the famous Shia Islamic Tapabashi Mosque, built in 1687. Read More The most beautiful churches in Armenia you should visit Planning to visit Armenia and explore its most beautiful religious sites? This article serves as a useful tourist guide. From the iconic Etchmiadzin Cathedral to the recently built Quba Mere Diwane Yazidi temple, each site offers a glimpse into Armenia's rich religious history and stunning architectural heritage. Discover these timeless treasures and immerse yourself in Armenia's spiritual and cultural legacy. Read More Blue Mosque in Yerevan Blue Mosque stands as a significant landmark in Yerevan, attracting both Muslim pilgrims and tourists. Built in 1766 by Sardar Husein-Ali Khan, it replaced an earlier mosque destroyed in a 1679 earthquake. Despite Soviet-era threats, it was preserved and now serves as a place of worship after reconstruction efforts in the 1990s and 2000s. Read More An Armenian church with a unique design This church in Mrgashat village, Armenia, boasts a design that immediately caught my eye! I had never seen any church in Armenia with wooden columns before, making it truly stand out Read More A unique monument in Armenia destroyed by Azerbaijani vandals Explore the poignant history of a unique Armenian monument destroyed by Azerbaijani vandals in Soviet times Read More Quotes about the Armenian Genocide The Armenian Genocide stands as one of the most tragic and harrowing events of the 20th century, during which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Throughout history, numerous renowned figures from various fields have spoken out against this horrific chapter of human tragedy, condemning the atrocities committed and advocating for justice. Here, we delve into some of the poignant statements, (in this list I also included the cynical quote by Adolf Hitler), made by famous individuals regarding the Armenian Genocide. Read More Soghomon Tehlirian’s Statue in Armenia On April 22, 2015, amidst the somber reflections on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a powerful symbol of justice emerged in Maralik city, Armenia. Standing tall near the Maralik Culture Palace, a 4 meter tall bronze statue of Soghomon Tehlirian was unveiled. Read More A Visit to Emirates National Auto Museum If you are someone who loves cars, especially historic ones, then this museum is for you! While in United Arab Emirates, don’t hesitate to visit and explore its vast collection of rare and luxurious cars. I loved it and strongly recommend it to fellow car enthusiasts! Read More Annie Londonderry - The First Woman to Bicycle Around the World Explore the remarkable journey of Annie Londonderry, the courageous woman who defied norms in 1894 by becoming the first woman to bicycle around the world. Delve into her audacious adventure, challenges faced, and the legacy she left behind in this captivating narrative. Read More Konrad Lorenz's life as a prisoner of war in Armenia During and after World War II, thousands of German prisoners of war were transported to Armenia, where they participated in various labor projects. The total number of prisoners of war in Armenia amounted to around 16,160. Among them was the renowned Austrian zoologist, ethologist, and ornithologist Konrad Lorenz, who later shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch. Read More Dervla Murphy - A Fearless Explorer on Two Wheels Dervla Murphy, the intrepid Irish touring cyclist and acclaimed travel writer, left an indelible mark on the world with her daring adventures. Born on November 28, 1931, in Lismore, County Waterford, she spent over 50 years chronicling her remarkable journeys across continents. Let’s delve into the captivating life and travels of this extraordinary woman. Read More Heinz Stucke - The Man Who Wanted to See It All Heinz Stucke, born on January 11, 1940, is a remarkable German cyclist whose extraordinary journey has taken him across the globe on a three-speed bicycle. Embarking on his epic adventure in August 1962 from his hometown, Hövelhof, Stucke has traversed an awe-inspiring 196 countries, covering a staggering distance of over 600,000 kilometers. This cycling odyssey has not only set records but also defined Stucke's life in a way that few can fathom. Read More Che Guevara’s Travels – The Motorcycle Diaries and More Before becoming a world-renowned revolutionary and a symbol of revolutions, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was an Argentine medical student weary of school and eager to explore the world. Operating on a tight budget, he initially embarked on long bicycle rides. Later, challenged to go on a solo journey, he covered 4,000 miles. After his return, accompanied by his friend Alberto Granado, they set off on a 1939 Norton 500cc Poderosa II ("The Mighty II") for another epic adventure. The journey spanned Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Miami, before Guevara returned home to Buenos Aires. Read More Che Guevara's first journey on a motorized bicycle This article is about Che Guevara’s solo trip across central and northern Argentina on a motorized bicycle, covering a distance of approximately 4,000 miles. It ignited a stronger passion within the heart of the young explorer and unfolded new horizons for him. This marked only the commencement of his unfolding journey. Read More Max Reisch - Pioneering the First Overland Journey from Europe to India Explore the extraordinary life of Max Reisch, a pioneering travel writer and adventurer. From motorcycle odysseys across Africa and India in the 1930s to circumnavigating the globe in a Steyr 100, Reisch's legacy, filled with daring exploits, inspires wanderlust and exploration. Join us on a journey through his indelible mark on history. Read More Gleb Travin - The Badass Cyclist Who Crossed 85,000 km In 3 Years Gleb Leontievich Travin (1902-1979) was a Soviet traveler who, between 1928 and 1931, undertook an extraordinary journey cycling around the perimeter of the Soviet Union, including the Arctic coast. Covering over 85,000 kilometers, this epic adventure was accomplished in an era when bicycles were far less comfortable and reliable than they are today. Read More The Real Story Behind the Movie Against the Ice Explore the untold story behind the film 'Against the Ice.' Delve into the historical 1906 Denmark Expedition, its tragic challenges, and Ejnar Mikkelsen's gripping journey, as depicted in the film. Uncover the real events, hardships, and survival that inspired this Netflix release. Read More The story of Juliane Koepcke who survived a plane crash and the Amazon jungle In 1971, 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke boarded a plane destined for Christmas with her mother. Their journey took a tragic turn when lightning struck the aircraft, causing it to disintegrate mid-flight. Juliane, still strapped to her seat, plummeted 2 miles into the dense Amazon rainforest. Miraculously, she survived the fall, sustaining injuries like a broken collarbone and deep gash on her arm. This is her story. Read More Inclined to Escape - The Daring Journey of Yuri Vetokhin from Soviet Chains Meet the incredible Yuri Aleksandrovich Vetokhin (March 19, 1928 – March 6, 2022), a daring writer and defector who challenged the Soviet Union. Attempting three escapes, he leaped from a cruise ship in 1979, swimming 30 km to freedom. His memoir "Inclined to Escape" vividly recounts his audacious journey. Read More Jumped overboard from a cruise ship to escape from USSR In 1981, oceanographer Stanislav Kurilov defied the Soviet Union's iron grip, escaping through a daring leap off a cruise ship into the Philippine Sea. His incredible journey, marked by challenges and resilience, symbolizes the relentless pursuit of freedom, resonating as a beacon of hope against oppressive regimes, inspiring even today. Read More Vesna Vulovic – she survived the highest fall without a parachute Vesna Vulović's incredible tale unfolds on January 26, 1972, when a Yugoslav Airlines flight tragically exploded mid-air. As the sole survivor of the highest fall without a parachute, Vulović's journey of resilience captivates the world. Despite severe injuries, her remarkable recovery defied medical predictions. Recognized by Guinness World Records, her legacy continues to inspire, emphasizing the unwavering strength of the human spirit. Vulović's story stands as a testament to survival against all odds and the enduring power of hope. Read More Frederic Dubois's Pioneering Expedition to Armenia Explore the captivating journey of Frederic Dubois de Montperreux (1798-1850), a Swiss-French archaeologist, traveler, and naturalist. Dubois's prolific sketches, including ancient geography, landscapes, architecture, archaeology, and geology, offer a vivid tapestry of Armenia's heritage. Today, his rare books, guarded treasures, are a testament to his extraordinary legacy. Dubois's enchanting descriptions of Yerevan, Etchmiadzin, and Geghard Monastery, with relics guarded by hermit monks, add a unique touch to the exploration of Armenia's rich history. Read More Armenian Alphabet Alley Nestled on the eastern slopes of majestic Mount Aragats, Armenian Alphabet Alley offers a unique journey through the heart of Armenian language and culture. More than just a tourist destination, it's a monument to the enduring spirit of a people and their devotion to their written word. Read More Armenian Last Names Armenian last names, mirroring the culture they represent, boast a rich history and diverse heritage. Approximately 60,000 unique surnames exist in Armenia. Among the most common Armenian last names are Harutyunyan, Hovhannisyan, Hakobyan, Sargsyan, Gevorgyan, Davtyan, Petrosyan, Grigoryan, Abrahamyan, Avetisyan etc. This article is about the history and formation of Armenian last names. Read More Yerevan Cascade - A Stairway to Art and History The Yerevan Cascade is a monumental architectural landmark situated in the heart of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. This massive structure, resembling a giant staircase, stands out as one of the city's main tourist attractions. Read More The Bronze Head of Anahit in the British Museum The British Museum in London houses a remarkable artifact from ancient Armenia: the Bronze Head of the Goddess Anahit. This artifact, dating back to the 2nd-4th centuries BC, is a significant representation of the late Hellenistic period. Read More Mother Armenia - The Symbol of Peace and Strength Mother Armenia is a monumental statue located in Victory Park, overlooking the capital city of Yerevan, Armenia. This statue is not just a piece of art; it’s a symbol of peace, strength, and the spirit of the Armenian people. Read More 127 Hours - Aron Ralston’s Savage Survival Story Aron Ralston, born on October 27, 1975, in Marion, Ohio, is an American mountaineer, mechanical engineer, and motivational speaker. He is best known for his survival story, during which he amputated part of his own right arm following a canyoneering accident. Trapped by a dislodged boulder, Ralston's ordeal unfolds in a battle of wills against despair, hunger, and hallucinations. Documented in his autobiography "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" and the film "127 Hours," Ralston's story inspires with its testament to human resilience. Explore the depths of his physical, mental, and emotional triumphs against all odds. Read More Polar Explorer Fridtjof Nansen’s Visit to Armenia Explore Fridtjof Nansen's compassionate journey in 1925 through post-World War I and post-Genocide Armenia. Discover his dedication to Armenian refugees, canal-building initiatives, and the unique encounters with the country's culture. Join Nansen on this humanitarian odyssey documented in "Gjennern Armenia," shedding light on his profound impact on Armenian history and society. Read More Strange Armenian Traditions Experience the unique traditions of Armenia through this captivating article. Explore the intriguing Red Apple ritual, revealing a cultural perspective on virginity. Delve into the Salty Cookie tradition of St. Sargis feast day, intertwining hope and culinary art. Immerse yourself in Trndez, a festival marking the end of winter with fire rituals and communal celebrations. Lastly, discover Vardavar, Armenia's vibrant water festival rooted in pagan history. Gain insight into Armenia's rich cultural heritage with these engaging narratives. Read More Yererouk – Architectural Masterpiece From Early Christian Period Discover the ancient charm of Yererouk Monastery, an early Christian monument in Armenia dating back to the 4th-5th centuries. Explore its unique architectural design recognized by UNESCO. Uncover the cultural legacy of this symbol, offering a glimpse into Armenia's rich past. Read More Facts About Armenia Armenia, a country rich in history and culture, harbors intriguing and entertaining facts that might surprise you. Here are some of them about this unique country. Read More Armenian Symbols Armenia, a country with a rich history, showcases a vibrant cultural tapestry adorned with numerous symbols reflecting its heritage, beliefs, and traditions. Beyond state symbols like the coat of arms and flag, Armenian culture is teeming with diverse symbols holding deep meanings, resonating with the collective identity of the Armenian people. Read More Armenian Currency Discover the Armenian Dram (AMD), the official currency of the Republic of Armenia, with a history dating back to 1993. Subdivided into 100 luma, it holds cultural significance and showcases rich designs on banknotes and coins. The Central Bank of Armenia oversees its issuance, circulation, and monetary policy. Explore the dram's journey, from commemorative notes to the third series issued in 2018. Immerse yourself in Armenia's monetary heritage, symbolized by the dram sign "֏." 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In the 20th century, Adolf Hitler became captivated by the Spear of Destiny and its supposed mystical powers. In 1938, Nazi Germany annexed Austria, and Hitler visited the Hofburg Palace in Vienna to claim the spear, which he believed would secure his rule. Whether the spear actually holds supernatural powers or not, its location and authenticity are topics we will explore in this article. Read More Armenian Religion In 301 AD, Armenia became the first nation to officially adopt Christianity as its state religion, a momentous decision influenced by King Tiridates III's conversion under the guidance of St. Gregory the Illuminator. This article provides a concise overview of Armenian religion for those seeking quick insights. Read More Armenian People Discover the rich heritage and physical characteristics of the Armenian people in this insightful article. 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Here are some examples of Armenian quotes … Read More Barev and other Basic Armenian Phrases If you’re planning a trip to Armenia, learning a few basic phrases in Armenian can greatly enhance your experience. While many Armenians speak English or at least know basic phrases, demonstrating an effort to communicate in the local language can enhance your interactions and leave a positive impression. Read More Funny and famous Armenian sayings Explore the charm of Armenian humor and wisdom through these funny idioms! From expressions of admiration to quirky observations about life, these sayings reveal the heart of Armenian culture. Delve into the meanings behind phrases like "ironing the head" and "let it snow on your brain," and discover the unique ways Armenians express appreciation, respect, and love. Enjoy a delightful journey into the linguistic richness of Armenia! Read More Early Armenian Explorers In this brief article, I am presenting information about early Armenian travelers - brave individuals renowned for not only forging valuable trade and diplomatic connections during their journeys but also acquiring esoteric knowledge from Tibetan monks and Hindi fakirs. Concurrently, Abovyan emerged as the pioneer to ascend the summit of the Biblical Mount Ararat, dispelling notions of an Ark resting there. Additionally he conquered Little Ararat, as well as Mount Aragats (the first recorded ascent). Read More Armenian Brendy and Winston Churchill Explore the rich history of Armenian winemaking dating back 6,000 years, with the discovery of the oldest winery in the Areni caves. Journey through time to 1887 when the first Armenian cognac factory emerged, laying the foundation for a flourishing industry. Discover the pivotal role played by the Shustov family in elevating Armenian brandy to international acclaim, earning the right to be called 'Cognac' after a surprising triumph at the 1900 Paris Exhibition. Uncover the fascinating connection between Winston Churchill and Ararat brandy, a bond so strong that it influenced political decisions and shaped the destiny of an Armenian. Read More Marco Polo about Armenia This brief article is an excerpt from Thomas Wright's book, "The Travels of Marco Polo The Venetian." In the chapters presented below, Marco Polo shares insights about Armenia. The author includes useful footnotes that clarify many archaic names of Armenian locations. Read More The History of Swastika and its Role In Armenian Culture This article navigates through the journey of the swastika, shedding light on its positive connotations while addressing its controversial modern associations. Explore the profound history of the swastika, a symbol embedded in diverse cultures, with a special focus on its significance in Armenia. Delve into the origins, meanings, and the oldest use of the swastika, also known as "arevakhach" in Armenian, symbolizing eternity. Read More My Ascent to Biblical Mount Ararat Mount Ararat stands 5,165 meters tall, captivating everyone who sees it from the Armenian side. Climbing Ararat had been a childhood dream since the moment I first laid eyes on that majestic mountain at the age of 8. Finally, in 2019, I turned my dream into reality and stood at the summit of the biblical Mount Ararat. Here is the story behind my extraordinary journey. Read More Famous Armenian Inventors This article sheds light on Armenian inventors who have made noteworthy contributions to humanity. They serve as examples of how creativity, curiosity, and perseverance can lead to remarkable achievements. Let's celebrate their legacy and honor their memory by learning from their inventions and discoveries and making practical use of them! Read More The Armenian Alphabet - Mesrop Mashtot's Masterpiece Explore the rich history and cultural significance of the Armenian Alphabet, one of the world's oldest writing systems dating back to 405 AD. Learn about its creation by Mesrop Mashtots, delve into the traditional and reformed spellings, and understand its role in writing both Eastern and Western Armenian. Read More Armenia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites Armenia is a country with a rich and diverse cultural heritage, dating back to ancient times. Armenia has three sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, all of which are monasteries, churches, or related religious sites. These sites reflect the spiritual and artistic achievements of the Armenian people, as well as their interactions with other civilizations. 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This article offers brief insights for those eager to delve into the observatory's wonders or planning an upcoming visit. Read More Mountain Climbing Quotes Here are several quotes that capture the essense of mountain climbing – the physical challenge, the mental resilience, the breathtaking beauty, and the deep connection to nature. Whether you're an experienced climber or simply someone who dreams of reaching the top, these words can inspire you to push your limits and embrace the journey. Read More Duduk – Traditional Armenian Musical Instrument Listening to the duduk is an enchanting journey into the heart of Armenia, traversing from the snow-capped peaks of Mount Ararat to the echoing chambers of ancient ruins. This brief article sheds light on the history and technical characteristics of the duduk, a unique and ancient instrument that resonates with rich cultural significance. Read More The Arch of Charents or The Temple Of Ararat If you are planning a trip to the pagan Temple Garni or Geghard Monastery, make sure to stop near this arch on your way to enjoy the view towards the biblical Mount Ararat! This article provides brief information about it. Read More Ivo Zdarsky – The Man Who Escaped The Iron Curtain This is the remarkable story of Ivo Zdarsky, an aircraft designer who gained fame for escaping from Czechoslovakia on a homemade ultralight aircraft. This article sheds light on his courageous journey to freedom. Read More Where is Armenia - Maps, History and Facts Imagine a land where ancient history whispers in the wind, breathtaking mountains pierce the clouds, and vibrant cultures collide in a symphony of flavors and traditions. This, my friends, is Armenia, a gem nestled in the heart of the Caucasus region, waiting to be discovered. Landlocked between Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran, Armenia occupies a strategic crossroads, its location echoing its rich and complex past. Read More Religion in Armenia Armenia became the first country to adopt Christianity in 301 AD, and since then, religion has played a significant role in shaping the country's culture and history. This article aims to provide brief information about religion in Armenia for those who want to get quick insights! Read More Decathlon Quechua Hiking Shoes Review If you're contemplating whether to invest in hiking shoes from Decathlon and wondering if they are any good, this article might provide valuable insights. Join me as I share my personal experience of wearing Quechua shoes for the past 9 years! Read More Armenia is among top 10 safest countries Following the 2020 Second Nagorno-Karabakh War and subsequent escalations, many visitors planning a trip to Armenia have questioned the safety of traveling to the country. This brief article aims to shed light on this topic. Read More Armenian Lavash Bread This article offers a brief overview of Armenian Lavash, a staple in Armenian households for centuries and a symbol of Armenian identity. Today, it continues to attract the interest of foreigners keen on the traditions associated with this iconic bread. Read More The Red Bridge - The Oldest Bridge In Yerevan Explore the rich history of Yerevan's oldest bridge, the Red Bridge, in this article. Dating back to the 12th century, this significant structure, originally connecting the Yerevan fortress to the Ararat Valley, suffered destruction in the 1679 earthquake. Despite facing challenges, including the collapse caused by the passage of cars until the 1980s, the bridge is undergoing reconstruction and can become a popular touristic destination. Read More The Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum This short article attempts to provide brief information about the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex. By visiting this place, you will not only commemorate the victims but also delve into historical documents, aiming to prevent future tragedies by remembering the past. Read More Chess in Armenia Armenia, with a population of around three million, stands out as one of today's strongest chess nations with a high number of chess grandmasters per capita. Notably, Armenia is the only country where chess is a mandatory subject in schools, compulsory for second, third, and fourth graders. Read More Armenian Gampr - The Best Shepherd Dog This article attempts to shed light on the remarkable world of the Armenian Gampr, also known as the Armenian Wolfhound. Let’s delve into their impressive characteristics, from their strength and agility to their protective nature. Uncover details about their size, bite force, lifespan, temperament, and the factors influencing their cost. Let’s discover the unique and striking appearance of this rare and loyal breed. Read More Geghama Mountains and Azhdahak This article offers concise details about the Geghama mountain range, covering its geography, flora, fauna, and historical monuments. It serves as a valuable tourist guide for those eager to take a hiking trip to Geghama mountains. Read More Hiking and Trekking in Armenia Armenia, a country celebrated for its rich history and stunning landscapes, stands out as a prime destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking the best places for hiking and trekking. With its surprisingly changing terrain - mountains, valleys, and canyons that hide real gems of architecture - Armenia offers different trekking routes and awesome hiking tours. This article can be a useful guide for outdoor enthusiasts planning to travel to Armenia! Read More Best Climbing Quotes In this article, I’ve compiled a selection of well-known and beloved mountaineering quotes that climbers often use in conversation or for self-inspiration. 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Read More Garni Temple Nearly every tourist traveling to Armenia visits the pagan Temple Garni in Garni village! In this brief article, you'll discover key facts about Garni Temple, enhancing your trip with valuable insights into Armenia's rich history. Create unforgettable memories as you delve into the cultural richness of this historic site! Read More Azat Reservoir in Armenia! Where Is Located And How To Get There Thanks to its picturesque views and reconstructed road Azat Reservoir has become a popular tourist destination in Armenia in recent years. Those visiting Garni and Geghard and then heading towards Khor Virap and other places of interest in that direction always stop by Azat Reservoir. This article can serve as a useful tourist guide for those planning a trip there. 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Their lives would never be again after summiting the highest mountain! Read More Mount Aragats - Highest Mountain in Armenia In this article, I have selected the top 5 popular facts about Armenia’s highest mountain and popular touristic destination, Mount Aragats. The slopes of Aragats are full of not only historical monuments, churches, fortresses but also scientific institutions which once were even secret objects in Soviet times! Read More Best Places For Hiking In Armenia If you are the one who is planning to travel Armenia then this article can serve as a useful tourist guide. Start your Armenian journey today and explore the best hikes in Armenia. Read More Best time to visit Armenia Planning to visit Armenia and wondering what’s the best season? This article can serve as a useful tourist guide! BTW Armenia is an absolutely safe country and even at late hours while walking in streets you have no need to worry about your safety! 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  • Geghama Mountains and Azhdahak

    < Back Geghama Mountains and Azhdahak This article offers concise details about the Geghama mountain range, covering its geography, flora, fauna, and historical monuments. It serves as a valuable tourist guide for those eager to take a hiking trip to Geghama mountains. The Geghama Mountains, also known as the Geghama Ridge, are a range of mountains located in Armenia. This mountain ridge stretches between Lake Sevan and the Ararat Plain, covering a length of 70 km and a width of 48 km. The range is of volcanic origin and the volcanic activity in the area peaked around 200 ka (in the context of geology, “ka” stands for “kilo-annum”, which is a unit of time equal to one thousand years. So, when it is said that the volcanic activity peaked around 200 ka, it means that the peak of the volcanic activity occurred approximately 200,000 years ago). The volcanoes Spitaksar (3560 m) and Geghasar (3446 m), which erupted 120ka and 80-40ka ago respectively, are sources of obsidian in Armenia. Satellite image of Geghama mountain ranage The highest peak of the Geghama mountains is Azhdahak, standing tall at 3597m, while the average elevation of the range is approximately 2500m. A lake has formed in the crater of the Azhdahak volcano, which is fed by meltwater throughout the year. Another crater lake is located in the crater of the Tar volcano, adjacent to Azhdahak. The second highest mountain is Spitakasar, with a height of 3560 meters above sea level. The frozen crater lake of Mount Azhdahak The name of the Geghama Ridge is associated with the name of Gegham - the great-grandson of the legendary ancestor of the Armenians, Hayk. Ecology The bird fauna of the Geghama mountains includes about 250 species, accounting for 70% of all Armenia’s avifauna. The area is home to a variety of bird species including: Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus), Imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca), Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus). Animals include hares, rabbits, wolves, foxes, rarely bears, and reptiles include lizards and snakes. ------ The following plants are typically found in the Gegham Mountains area and surroundings of Azhdahak: Peacock-eye pink (Dianthus pavonius) Whiteout (Iberis sempervirens) Basket of gold (Aurinia saxatilis) Jurinea moschus Arabis caucasica Catsfoot diclinous (Antennaria dioica) Gentiana pontica Red everlasting (Helichrysum pallasii) Lady’s-mantle (Alchemilla grossheimii) Alpine cinquefoil (Potentilla crantzi) Sibbaldia (Sibbaldia parviflora) Merendera Radde (Colchicum raddeanum) Oxytrope Lazica (Oxytropis lazica) Vavilovia Oshe (Lathyrus formosus). Peacock-eye pink (Dianthus pavonius) Historical Monuments Petroglyphs The Geghama mountains are rich in historical monuments, including petroglyphs and dragonstones, indicating that there were settlements in the area for thousands of years. There are a few geographical areas in Armenia where petroglyphs are concentrated; Geghama Ridge is among them! A quick glance at this petroglyph reveals images of deers and bulls A great number of petroglyphs (rock carvings) have been found in the area. These are source of historical information and in some sense can be treated as written monuments. They show men in scenes of hunting and working, as well as both domesticated and wild animals. Additionally, they depict astronomical bodies such as the Sun, the Moon, constellations, and the stellar sky. Phenomena such as lightning is also represented. Sketches of petroglyphs of Geghama mountains. (The petroglyphs of Geghama mountains/H.A. Martirosyan, 1981). Image colors are inverted Rock carvings can be used as rich sources of paleogeological information. Dominant among rock-carved animals is the bezoar goat, widespread in the high Alpine zones of prehistoric Armenia. Armenia offered favorable conditions for early goat and sheep domestication and improvement through crossbreeding with wild stock. Of high artistic quality among all the images in the Geghama mountain range are the lutiform carvings of deer, which impress with their realistic form. The study of rock carvings has brought to light another member of the extinct fauna - the elk. Dragon stone or Vishapakar Vishapakar, also known as dragons, dragon-stones, megalithic monuments, or menhirs, are monoliths abundant in the Armenian Highland. Situated at high altitudes, they are often found near natural and artificial ponds, as well as other water sources in proximity to high-altitude lakes, forming an intricate connection to the worship of water. A sketch of the dragonstone located near Dragon lake from Boris Piotrovsky’s book "Vishaps, Stone Monuments in Armenian Mountains." There are approximately 150 known vishaps discovered in the Armenian Highland, and 90 of them are located in Armenia. Most of the Vishaps found were lying horizontally, having fallen from their original standing positions. The concept of Vishaps was first introduced by the Armenian writer Atrpet in 1880, and his work was later published in 1926. In 1909, scientists began studying dragonstones (or vishaps) found in the Gegham mountains. That same year, during excavations at Armenia’s Pagan Temple of Garni by Nicholas Marr and Yakov Smirnov, local residents shared stories about Vishaps dwelling in the mountains. This prompted a scientific expedition to the Gegham mountains to confirm the existence of Vishaps and assess their scientific significance. Nicholas Marr standing near a dragon-stone in Geghama mountains, 1909 The findings from the Gegham mountains were published in 1931. They are considered to be Armenia’s oldest monuments, and to this day, they continue to be examined by scientists. The southeastern slopes of the Gegham mountains contain the Khosrov Forest, planted in the 4th century by Khosrov I and converted into a state park in 1958. During the summer season Geghama ridge is being inhabited by nomadic herders. This mountainous region attracts tourists from around the world with its charming landscapes and historical monuments. It is a must-visit destination for those who love to lead an active lifestyle and feel the calming presence of nature. Lakes in Geghama Mountains Lake Akna The largest lake in the Geghama mountain range is Lake Akna. It is situated at an elevation of 3030 meters above sea level, with a surface area of 0.5 square kilometers. The maximum depth is 15 meters, and the water capacity is 3.91 million cubic meters. It is primarily fed by snowmelt and springs. Sunset as seen from the shore of lake Akna In 1959, a reservoir was created by damming the lake. It underwent reconstruction in 1976, and its length is now 360 meters. Dragon Lake Dragon Lake is located 9 km east of Geghard village, at an altitude of 2620 meters above sea level, covering an area of 30 hectares. Dragon lake in Geghama mountains Lake Nazeli The lake is situated approximately 1.5 km east of Mount Nazeli at an altitude of 3100 meters. In old maps, it is referred to as Badi (Duck) Lake. The last photo before descending towards lake Nazeli For a hiking tour to mount Azhdahak check out this link please! Thanks Gallery

  • Armenian Symbols

    < Back Armenian Symbols Armenia, a country with a rich history, showcases a vibrant cultural tapestry adorned with numerous symbols reflecting its heritage, beliefs, and traditions. Beyond state symbols like the coat of arms and flag, Armenian culture is teeming with diverse symbols holding deep meanings, resonating with the collective identity of the Armenian people. Khachkar - The Cross-Stone: One of Armenia's most iconic symbols is the khachkar, an intricately carved cross-stone scattered throughout the landscape. Serving as memorials and cultural expressions, each khachkar tells a story through detailed carvings of crosses, rosettes, and ornate patterns. Me and two khachkars! Tsaghats Kar monastic complex Eternity Symbol: The Armenian eternity symbol (swastika), known as "Arevakhach," is a timeless motif representing eternity or immortality. Crafted with interwoven threads forming an endless knot, it appears in Armenian art, architecture, and jewelry, embodying the enduring spirit of the Armenian people. Armenian eternity symbol Pomegranate - Symbol of Fertility and Good Fortune: The pomegranate carries significant cultural symbolism in Armenia, symbolizing fertility, prosperity, and good fortune. Its deep red hue is often associated with life and vitality, featured in traditional Armenian embroidery, ceramics, movies, and ancient manuscripts. Pomegranate tree in Meghri city Arev - The Sun: Arev, the Armenian word for sun, symbolizes light, warmth, and life in Armenian mythology and spirituality. Depictions of the sun adorn various forms of Armenian art and religious iconography. Dragons: Armenian folklore features dragons and serpents, powerful and mythical creatures associated with danger and protection. They appear in epic tales, on rugs, and in architecture. Moreover, the oldest Armenian monuments are called “Vishap,” which is the Armenian word for dragon. A bas-relief by Artashes Hovsepyan on the wall of the Ararat Brandy Company! We see not only a dragon slain by Vahagn (in this case, it symbolizes evil) but also a sun! Vahagn's hair forms a sun! Mt. Ararat - Symbol of National Identity: Biblical Mount Ararat, situated outside modern Armenia, remains a lasting emblem of the nation's identity. It holds historical and cultural significance, glorified in Armenian songs and poetry, occupying a central place in the Armenian National Emblem alongside Noah’s ark. View of Mount Ararat from Yerevan by Martiros Sarian Grapes: Deeply rooted in Armenia's cultural heritage, grapes symbolize resilience, fertility, and hospitality. Revered for millennia, they play a central role in Armenian winemaking, featured not only in arts but also in architecture, embodying the spirit of the land and contributing to Armenia's ancient culture. Apricot Paradise: Armenia is often referred to as the "Land of Apricots." The apricot is one of many symbols of the country. Conclusion: Armenian symbols, beyond artistic expressions, carry profound meanings linking the past with the present. Each symbol narrates a story, encapsulating the resilience, spirituality, and cultural richness of the Armenian people. As these symbols are celebrated and preserved, they contribute to the vibrant mosaic that is Armenian heritage. Gallery

  • The Bronze Head of Anahit in the British Museum

    < Back The Bronze Head of Anahit in the British Museum The British Museum in London houses a remarkable artifact from ancient Armenia: the Bronze Head of the Goddess Anahit. This artifact, dating back to the 2nd-4th centuries BC, is a significant representation of the late Hellenistic period. Anahit (Armenian: Անահիտ) is the goddess of fertility, healing, wisdom, and water in Armenian mythology. In early periods, she was also the goddess of war. By the 5th century BCE, she became the main deity in Armenia alongside Aramazd. The bronze head of Anahit was found in 1872 by an old man named Youssouf, who was digging in his field with a pickaxe, at a depth of around 2 feet (0.61 m), near the village of Sadak. The man uncovered fragments of a bronze statue, including the head and a hand. The head was acquired in Constantinople by Savas Kougioumtsoglou, a Greek antiquities dealer, who passed it to another dealer, Photiades Bey, then the Ottoman ambassador to Italy. Photiades took it to Rome, where it was sold to the art dealer Alessandro Castellani, an Italian goldsmith and collector, who, in turn, sold it to the British Museum in 1873. The Bronze Head of Anahit In a landmark agreement between the Museum of the History of Armenia and the British Museum, the head of the Goddess Anahit will be exhibited in Yerevan for the first time in September 2024. This event marks a significant moment in the appreciation and study of Armenian heritage. Anahit on a 5,000 Armenian dram banknote, in circulation from 1995 to 2005 The Bronze Head of Anahit is not just an artifact; it’s a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of Armenia. Its journey from Sadak to the British Museum, and soon to Yerevan, is a story worth telling and retelling. Gallery

  • On who climbed mount Everest first

    < Back On who climbed mount Everest first Hillary and Tenzing climbed mount Everest as ordinary men but returned as heroes! Their lives would never be again after summiting the highest mountain! At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest; the highest point on earth. News of their achievement broke around the world on June 2, the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, and Britons hailed it as a good omen for their country’s future. They climbed that summit as ordinary men but returned as heroes! Their lives would never be again! Yet who was the first one to set foot on the summit? And so for a long time rumours swirled around some claimed that Hillary was the first others were on Tenzings side! Mountaineers know that when tied with a rope you are becoming one body but nevertheless people interested in this subject want to know “de facto” who stepped on the summit first! In his book “View From the Summit” Sir Edmund Hillary writes: “We drew closer together as Tenzing brought in the slack on the rope. I continued cutting a line of steps upwards. Next moment I had moved onto a flattish exposed area of snow with nothing but space in every direction. Tenzing quickly joined me and we looked around in wonder. To our immense satisfaction, we realized we had reached the top of the world! In his autobiography “Tiger of the Snows” here is how Tenzing describes their final assault! “A little below the summit Hillary and I stopped. We looked up. Then we went on. The rope that joined us was thirty feet long, but I held most of it in loops in my hand, so that there was only about six feet between us. I was not thinking of “first” and “second.” I did not say to myself, “There is a golden apple up there. I will push Hillary aside and run for it.” We went on slowly, steadily. And then we were there. Hillary stepped on top first. And I stepped up after him. So there it is: the answer to the “great mystery.” And if, after all the talk and argument, the answer seems quiet and simple, I can only say that that is as it should be. Many of my own people, I now, will be disappointed at it. They have given a great and false importance to the idea that it must be I who was “first.” These people have been good and wonderful to me, and I owe them much. But I owe more to Everest – and to the truth. If it is a discredit to me that I was a step behind Hillary, then I must live with that discredit. But I do not think it was that. Nor do I think that , in the end, it will bring discredit on me that I tell the story. Over and over again I have asked myself, “What will future generations think of us if we allow the facts of our achievement to stay shrouded in mystery? Will they not feel ashamed of us – two comrades in life and death – who have something to hide from the world?” And each time I asked it the answer was the same: “Only the truth is good enough for the future. Only the truth is good enough for Everest.” Now the truth is told. And I am ready to be judged by it. We stepped up. We were there. The dream had come true. … ” Gallery

  • Barev and other Basic Armenian Phrases

    < Back Barev and other Basic Armenian Phrases If you’re planning a trip to Armenia, learning a few basic phrases in Armenian can greatly enhance your experience. While many Armenians speak English or at least know basic phrases, demonstrating an effort to communicate in the local language can enhance your interactions and leave a positive impression. Here are some useful Armenian phrases that will help you navigate your way around our beautiful country․ Hello - (Barev dzez) Բարև ձեզ Goodbye - (Hajoghutyun) Հաջողություն Thank you - (Shnorhakalutyun) Շնորհակալություն Yes - (Ajo) Այո No - (Voch) Ոչ Excuse me - (Neroghutyun) Ներողություն How are you? - (Inchpes eq) Ինչպե՞ս եք I am fine - (Hianali) Հիանալի Welcome! - (Bari galust) Բարի գալուստ What is your name? - (Inch e dzer anuny) Ի՞նչ է ձեր անունը My name is... - (Im anunn e) Իմ անունն է... I am from Paris - (Es Parizic em) Ես Փարիզից եմ I don’t understand - (Chem haskanum) Չեմ հասկանում Where is the bus stop? - (Vortegh e kangary) Որտե՞ղ է կանգառը Where must I get off? - (Vortegh petq e ijnem) Որտե՞ղ պետք է իջնեմ An AI generated image of an Armenian girl standing near the blackboard Where is the bathroom? - (Vortegh e zugarany) Որտե՞ղ է զուգարանը Help! - (Ognutyun) Օգնություն I’m sorry - (Nereceq) Ներեցեք I don’t speak Armenian well - (Es hayeren lav chem khosum) Ես հայերեն լավ չեմ խոսում Could you speak slower, please? - (Khndrum em khoseq aveli dandagh) Խնդրում եմ խոսեք ավելի դանդաղ What time is it? - (Zhamy qanisn e?) Ժամը քանի՞սն է Where is…? - (Vortegh e?) Որտե՞ղ է How much does this cost? - (Inch arzhe?) Ի՞նչ արժե Do you accept credit cards? - (Duq yndunum eq kredit carter?) Դուք ընդունու՞մ եք կրեդիտ քարտեր I'm hungry - (Es qaghcac em) Ես քաղցած եմ Could I have the menu, please? - (Menyun ktaq?) Մենյուն կտա՞ք I would like to order… - (Uzum em patvirel) Ուզում եմ պատվիրել Can I have the bill, please? - (Hashivy kareli e?) Հաշիվը կարելի՞ է Is there Wi-Fi here? - (Wi-Fi ka?) Wi-Fi կա՞ What is the Wi-Fi password? - (Wi-Fi – I gaghtnabary kaseq?) Wi-Fi - ի գաղտնաբառը կասե՞ք Could you help me, please? - (Ogneq khndrum em) Օգնեք խնդրում եմ I’m looking for… - (Es pntrum em) Ես փնտրում եմ I’m lost - (Es korel em) Ես կորել եմ Do you speak English? - (Engleren khosum eq?) Դուք խոսու՞մ եք անգլերեն I need a doctor - (Es bzhshki kariq unem) Ես բժշկի կարիք ունեմ Is this the bus for…? - (Ur e tanum ays avtobusy) Ու՞ր է տանում այս ավտոբուսը Where can I find a taxi? - (Vortegh karogh em taxi gtnel) Որտե՞ղ կարող եմ տաքսի գտնել Could you call a taxi for me? - (Karogh eq im pokharen taxi kanchel?) Կարո՞ղ եք իմ փոխարեն տաքսի կանչել Where’s the nearest ATM? - (Vortegh e motaka bankomaty) Որտե՞ղ է մոտակա բանկոմատը Is it safe to camp here? - (Ajstegh apahov e gisherel?) Այստեղ ապահո՞վ է գիշերել I’d like this - (Es tsankanum em) Ես ցանկանում եմ It’s too expensive - (Shat tank e) Շատ թանկ է Show me on the map! - (Tsuyts tveq qartezi vra) Ցույց տվեք քարտեզի վրա Can I try it on? - (Karogh em pordzel?) Կարո՞ղ եմ փորձել Where can I buy a…? - (Vortegh karogh em gnel) Որտե՞ղ կարող եմ գնել What’s the weather like tomorrow? - (Inch eghanak e linelu vaghy) Ի՞նչ եղանակ է լինելու վաղը I’d like to go to… (Es ktsankanayi gnal) Ես կցանկանայի գնալ Stop here, please - (Kangneq aystegh khndrum em) Կանգնեք այստեղ խնդրում եմ I lost my wallet - (Es korcrel em dramapanaks) Ես կորցրել եմ դրամապանակս Everything is ok - (Amen inch lav e) Ամեն ինչ լավ է Remember, a little effort goes a long way. Even if you don’t pronounce everything perfectly, locals will appreciate your effort to communicate in their language. Enjoy your trip to Armenia! Gallery

  • Armenian Religion

    < Back Armenian Religion In 301 AD, Armenia became the first nation to officially adopt Christianity as its state religion, a momentous decision influenced by King Tiridates III's conversion under the guidance of St. Gregory the Illuminator. This article provides a concise overview of Armenian religion for those seeking quick insights. Armenia boasts a rich history, culture, and identity, with religion serving as a pivotal aspect. Let's delve into the main features of religion in Armenia, its historical context, and its societal role. The vast majority of Armenians, approximately 97%, adhere to Christianity, particularly the Armenian Apostolic Church—one of the world's oldest Christian denominations. Established in the 1st century AD by apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, it aligns with the Oriental Orthodox communion. This means it does not accept the Council of Chalcedon (451), which defined the doctrine of two natures in one person in Christ. Instead, the Armenian Apostolic Church adheres to miaphysitism, affirming that Christ possesses one divine and one human nature. Geghard or The Holy Lance, also known as the Lance of Longinus (Roman soldier who stabbed the crucified Christ in the side with a lance to check whether he was dead. Since Christ had already died, water and blood came out of his wound (John 19:34)), the Spear of Destiny, or the Holy Spear, is the lance that is alleged to have pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross during his crucifixion. Since that day, the weapon of death, (Armenian: Գեղարդ - Geghard) has become a sacred relic for Christians. According to the tradition of the Armenian Church, Geghard was brought to Armenia by the apostle Thaddeus in the year 33, and it was kept in Christian communities for a long time. In 301, when Christianity was declared the state religion in Armenia, Geghard became the property of the Armenian Apostolic Church. There are memories, according to which, in Armenia or neighboring countries, Geghard was used to bless the country and the people, to free them from war and disasters. Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury. His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and Pope Francis, the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, accompanied by their delegations visiting popular pilgrimage site Khor Virap (2016).The notability of Khor Virap as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for 13 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king's religious mentor, and together, they led proselytizing activities in the country. Image credits: Armenia officially adopted Christianity as its state religion in the year 301 AD, making it the first country to do so. This significant event took place under the rule of King Tiridates III, who converted to Christianity with the influence of St. Gregory the Illuminator. The spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church is the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, where the Catholicos, Garegin II, currently resides. The mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church - Etchmiadzin Cathedral The church boasts a rich and diverse liturgy, culture, and history. It utilizes an ancient alphabet devised by Mesrop Mashtots in the 5th century AD and features numerous translations of scriptures into Armenian from various languages. Statues of Mesrop Mashtots and his student Koryun in front of Matenadaran The Armenian Apostolic Church observes a vibrant calendar of festivals and holidays, reflecting its profound history, traditions, and unwavering faith. Some noteworthy celebrations include: Christmas (January 6): Commemorated with Nativity liturgies, candlelit processions, and familial gatherings. Easter (Variable Date): A joyous celebration involving church services, traditional meals, and festive egg painting. Transfiguration of Jesus (Variable Date): Celebrated with the Vardavar Water Festival, characterized by joyful water-splashing and communal gatherings. Assumption of the Holy Mother of God (August 15): Marked with grape blessing ceremonies and special feasts. Sts. Sargis and Vardan (February 14): Observed as Lovers' Day, featuring romantic traditions and special church services. Trndez (February 21): A bonfire festival symbolizing purification, with young people leaping over flames. Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator (September 30): Honors the Armenian Church's founder, celebrated with special liturgies and festivities. Feast of the Holy Translators (October 1): Commemorates Bible translators into Armenian, accompanied by church services and cultural events. Gallery

  • Aragats Gravity Hill

    < Back Aragats Gravity Hill Aragats Gravity Hill is a fascinating phenomenon encountered on the route to Lake Kari or Amberd fotress. This unique anomaly, referred to as the Aragats anomaly, is a popular point of interest in Armenia, drawing both locals and tourists alike. Hundreds of gravity hills are known worldwide (Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, France, India, Greece etc.) and the one in Armenia is among the popular ones. Many of these sites have no specific name and are just called "Magnetic Hill", “Magnetic Road”, "Magic Road", “Gravity Hill”. The science behind Gravity Hill is intriguing. It's essentially an optical illusion created by the surrounding landscape's layout. This illusion causes a slight downhill slope to appear as an uphill slope. Consequently, when a car is left out of gear, it appears to roll uphill against the force of gravity. This effect is akin to what one might experience in an Ames room, where objects seem to defy gravity due to the room's distorted perspective. Aragats Gravity Hill Coordinates: 40°25′55″N 44°14′04″E The other location is close to Amberd Fortress: 40°24'02"N 44°13'50"E A tourist is having fun watching how a tire “rolls up the hill”. However, the reality is that it's all an optical illusion created by the surrounding landscape, making it appear as though the road is sloping upwards when, in fact, it's sloping downwards. Gallery

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