Special Reports

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

ARS Eastern USA’s 97th Annual Convention Convenes in Arlington

Convention Applauds 2017 Fundraising, Program Success; Sets New Goals for 2017-18 Fiscal Year By Convention Reporter, Georgi-Ann Oshagan ARLINGTON, Va. (A.W.)—Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Eastern United States (ARS Eastern USA) delegates gathered in Arlington, Va., June 20-23, for the [more...]

August 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

Who Is Mahmut Konuk? Why Is He on the Streets of Ankara?

Translated by Attila Tuygan and Rehan Nişanyan Special to the Armenian Weekly For the past five months, Mahmut Konuk has been staging sit-ins in front of the Çankaya Community Health Center in Ankara, as well as participating in a wide range of other protest actions in Turkey’s capital. [more...]

July 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

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 // 10 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

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

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