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Articles by Hovsep Daghdigian

Unseen Armenia: Kamaris and Akori (Part II)

Friedrich Parrot of the University of Dortmund, Germany, accompanied by his translator and author, Khachatur Abovian, made the first documented ascent of Mount Ararat in October 1829. Parrot visited Akori before the earthquake, writing that the monastery was built in 1288, as evidenced by an [more...]

August 29, 2017 // 1 Comment

Unseen Armenia: Kamaris and Akori (Part I)

Kamaris[i] is a village in Kotayk marz (province) with a population of about 2,000, according to figures from 2001. There are reportedly Bronze Age tombs in the vicinity. Atop the hill, past the old and new cemeteries, are scant remains of an old Persian settlement. Kamaris Surb Astvatsatsin church [more...]

August 2, 2017 // 5 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 // 3 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

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 // 4 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

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