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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

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

Karanian: Building Bridges in Western Armenia

  From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Thursday was a school day in Chunkush. The children who normally filled its streets with laughter were instead busy with their lessons. In the village center, a shopkeeper sold yarn to a [more...]

May 31, 2017 // 12 Comments

The Importance of Extracurricular Armenian Education Outside of Schools

Reassessing Strategic Priorities and Examining Homenetmen’s Role on the Brink of the Next Centenary Often times we talk about the fact that we need a more conscious society, one that better values the importance of pan-Armenian priorities. If we ask ourselves how can we strengthen as a nation [more...]

May 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

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