Author Karanian to Present ‘Historic Armenia’ at the Embassy in DC

WASHINGTON—On Thurs., April 9, the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Washington, D.C., will host a reception and book signing for author Matthew Karanian and his ground-breaking new book Historic Armenia After 100 Years: Ani, Kars, and the Six Provinces of Western Armenia.

Cover of Karanian's Historic Armenia
Cover of Karanian’s Historic Armenia

Karanian’s presentation will include his photographs from Western Armenia and a discussion about the journey of creating this first-ever guide to the historic and cultural sites of the Armenian homeland.

The presentation is within the framework of events dedicated to the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial, and is under the auspices of the Embassy and of Ambassador to the United States Tigran Sargsyan.

Karanian’s book, Historic Armenia After 100 Years, was released in February, and is the first book of its kind. The book features 125 color photographs and maps that illustrate the current condition of the churches and monasteries that still exist in Western Armenia.

Antique photographs from one century ago are also included, and demonstrate the destruction and vandalism that has occurred since the genocide.

The book “shines a light on the Western Armenia that defies eradication,” says Karanian. He portrays the book as a celebration of the historic Armenian homeland that has survived.

The event begins at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The Armenian Embassy is located at 2225 R St., NW, Washington, D.C.

For more details about the event and the book, visit

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  1. A wonderful book that presents much new information. I pre-ordered this book. My only disappointment was that the author did not include the ruins of the Armenian Catholic Church, nor the recently restored Armenian Evangelical Church (being used a language school) in Diarbekir. He only mentions the recently restored Sourp Giragos and Sourp Sarkis Apostolic Churches. Hopefully he can add the other churches in a later edition.

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