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Articles by Joseph Dagdigian

Unseen Armenia: Surb Pokas

South of Yerevan, along the main road to Goris is the large village of Areni in the marz (province) of Vayots Dzor. On the roadside just before Areni are vendors selling homemade wine in plastic soda bottles, others selling fruit, and on the left is the Areni Wine Factory. Surb Astvatsatsin church, [more...]

May 18, 2017 // 3 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Hin Tagher

  Two villages, Hin Tagher (Taghler) and Mets Tagher (Taghler), in Artsakh’s Hadrut district, are listed in Discovering Paradise, Karabagh Guide as interesting sites featuring examples of Artsakh’s history and civil architecture. I have previously written about Mets Tagher. Entering Hin [more...]

May 10, 2017 // 3 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Mets Tagher

Mets Tagher is a village in the Hadrut district of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh Republic/NKR). Legend indicates that settlers were brought to the region from Tigranakert (in Artsakh) by a priest named Daniel Gzhetsi in the 5th-6th centuries, settling with the local inhabitants. Gzhetsi established the [more...]

August 24, 2016 // 1 Comment

Unseen Armenia: My Young Hiking Guides

After deciding to turn back from my hike up a wooded dirt road to the Teghenyats Monastery in the village of Bujhakan, we asked some villagers if someone with a WAZ (a Russian jeep-like vehicle) would be willing to take us to the monastery. We, of course, would pay for fuel expenses. A couple of [more...]

November 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Trchkan Falls


By Hovsep Dagdigian The Trchkan Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Armenia, located near the border of Shirak and Lori marzes (provinces) on the Chichkhan River in northwest Armenia. Water from the river drops 23 meters (about 70 feet) to a pool below. This is a popular site for the local people [more...]

August 14, 2015 // 17 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Verin Shorzha, Nerkin Shorzha

By Hovsep Dagdigian About a year ago I published an article on the scenic village of Ayrk in Gegharkunik province, which I visited with my friend Vova. Our vehicle at that time was incapable of traversing the hilly, unpaved roads to the nearby villages of Verin Shorzha and Nerkin Shorzha. This [more...]

July 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

An Interview with Amalya Yeghoyan of the Gyumri IT Center

The Gyumri IT Center (GITC) was founded about nine years ago to provide education in information technologies in the Gyumri region. Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, was heavily damaged by the 1988 earthquake. An objective of the GITC is to provide a pool of IT expertise in the area to [more...]

August 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Ayrk

Ayrk, in Gegharkunik marz, about 30 km. south of Vartenis, to the south-east of Lake Sevan, is a village of about 50 households. It is reachable from Vartenis by a bad but passable road. The village of Ayrk in the distance The origin of the village is unknown, but in the cemetery next to its two [more...]

July 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

Angeghakot and its Poet

Angeghakot, a village of about 2,000-3,000 people (figures vary) is in southern Armenia, about 10 km. from Sisian, the regional capital of Syunik province. Travelers from Yerevan on the way to Karabagh pass by Angeghakot, then Sisian and Goris, before entering the Lachin Corridor. The drive from [more...]

April 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Shengavit: Archaeology, Renovations Progressing

Shengavit District, Yerevan–Work is progressing on much-needed repairs and maintenance at the Shengavit Historical and Archaeological Culture Preserve in Yerevan. Thanks to support from the Cambridge Yerevan Sister City Association (CYSCA) and members of the U.S. Armenian community, [more...]

July 11, 2012 // 3 Comments

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