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Articles by Hovsep Daghdigian

Unseen Armenia: Musaler

On the road near Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport, visitors may have noticed a sign for Musaler village and the red masonry memorial nearby. The memorial recalls the battle of Musa Dagh (Musa Ler in Armenian), a mountainous, Armenian-populated region north of Syria on the Mediterranean coast. [more...]

October 5, 2017 // 1 Comment

Unseen Armenia: Artsakh Wine Festival, Togh Village

  It would have been hard to imagine a more suitable site for the Sept. 16 Artsakh Wine Festival than Togh village in Artsakh’s Hadrut marz (district), since it is easily accessible; there is one main road through the village. Young dance group, Artsakh Wine Festival, Togh village (Photo: [more...]

October 2, 2017 // 2 Comments

Unseen Armenia: An Only Slightly Disappointing Day

  We left Shushi in Artsakh, passing Tigranakert, the remains of one of Armenian King Tigran II’s regional capitals. King Tigran ruled 95-55 B.C. I would have loved to have revisited the site, but other places were on our agenda that day. When visiting here last year, we stopped at the [more...]

September 27, 2017 // 4 Comments

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 // 7 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

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