Articles by Joseph Dagdigian

My hiking guides, Antranig and Hampartsoum, Hnaberd village (near Aparan, Gegharkunik province)

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

Trchkan Falls

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

Villager in Verin Shorzha

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

In our program we have had a lot of success: 97 percent of our graduates have found work in Armenia.

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

A gentleman from Ayrk

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

Tomb of Shushanik, the daughter of Vartan Mamikonian

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

Students visiting Shengavit

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

The crowd approaching the Genocide Memorial

Dagdigian: April 24 ± 1

Evening, April 23, Yerevan: This is the first time I’ve been in Armenia around April 24. On the evening of the 23rd I joined a youth march heading up Baghramyan Street towards Tsitsernakabert, the Armenian Genocide Memorial situated atop a hill in Yerevan. The march was organized by the ARF and [more...]

May 25, 2009 // 0 Comments