Special Reports

Hamazkayin Artlinks 2017: Exploring Armenian Identity through Culture

Special for the Armenian Weekly  WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (A.W.)—Students and young professionals, 26 in all, gathered at AYF Camp in Wrightwood, Calif., on June 29 for the third annual Hamazkayin ArtLinks, a four-day arts retreat organized by the Hamazkayin Western Region, Eastern Region, and Canada [more...]

July 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Armenian Who Helped Create Today’s Turkish Language

Special for the Armenian Weekly   “Turkey’s president wants to purge Western words from its language,” reported The Economist on June 15. [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s] latest purge has a more abstract target. Mr. Erdoğan wants to rid Turkish of unsightly Western loan-words. Turkey faces a [more...]

July 11, 2017 // 9 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Varagavank, Nor Varagavank

Holy Cross of Varag Day In third century A.D. on Varag Mountain, on the south shore of Lake Van in Western Armenia, Saint Hripsime and her maidens were fleeing the persecution of Christians by the Byzantine Empire. There they hid a piece of the Holy Cross from the pursuing soldiers.  Later, in 650 [more...]

July 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

Off the Beaten Path: The Caves of Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly Armenia is known for its ancient monasteries in the mountains, its historic brandy, and its warm-hearted hospitality—a small country in the South Caucasus bridging Europe and Asia. It is a land of undiscovered natural beauty both above and below the ground. Getting [more...]

July 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Armenia’s Festivals

Travelers to Armenia visit our beautiful churches, fortresses, archaeological sites, and scenic vistas in Armenia’s mountains and valleys. But other venues can bring visitors closer to Armenian life and traditions. These are the numerous village celebrations, commemorations, and festivals of both [more...]

July 3, 2017 // 3 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Explorations Around Sisian

A friend and I returned to Yerevan after three days of exploring selected sites around Sisian in the Syunik province. We stayed at the Basen hotel where Hasmik, the manager, was extremely helpful. One of our objectives was to visit some of the villages in the vicinity of the Tatev Monastery. [more...]

June 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

Unseen Armenia: Janfida

Janfida is a village on Armavir province’s south central border with Turkey. From the village, Mount Ararat is clearly visible through the summer haze.  Nearby, atop a hill, are the ruins of Urartu’s ancient Argishtikhinilli fortress (776 B.C.). Immediately south of the village is the security [more...]

June 7, 2017 // 1 Comment

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