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Armenia39 Greetings from Armenia


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Officially the Republic of Armenia, a mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, Armenia boasts a history longer than most other European countries.
Situated along the route of the Great Silk Road, it has fallen within the orbit of a number of cultural influences and empires. Total Area 29,743 km2

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Armenia39 Greetings from Armenia

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  2. 2. Officially the Republic of Armenia, a mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, Armenia boasts a history longer than most other European countries. Situated along the route of the Great Silk Road, it has fallen within the orbit of a number of cultural influences and empires. Total Area 29,743 km2 After independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia quickly became drawn into a bloody conflict with Azerbaijan over the mostly Armenian-speaking region of Nagorno-Karabakh
  3. 3. Armenia has a population of (2011 census) 3,018,854 and is the second most densely populated of the former Soviet republics
  4. 4. Its rich cultural and architectural heritage combines
  5. 5. Goshavank monastery was built in 1188
  6. 6. The famous khachkar at Goshavank, carved in 1291 by the artist Poghos, widely considered one of the finest examples of this art form
  7. 7. Khachkar at Goshavank, carved in 1291
  8. 8. Armenian Bird Letters Armenian Alphabet Sculpture Unveiled at U.C. Berkeley The Armenian language is part of the Indo- European family, but its alphabet is unique Mesrop Mashtots invented the Armenian alphabet c. 405 AD
  9. 9. One of the earliest Christian civilizations, its first churches was founded in the fourth century The Museum "Treasures of Echmiadzin"
  10. 10. Khachkar (memorial stone)
  11. 11. In later centuries, it frequently oscillated between Byzantine, Persian, Mongol or Turkish control, as well as periods of independence. Armenian Woman by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, 1882 An Armenian Lady in Cairo 1855 John Frederick Lewis
  12. 12. Geghard monastery Wooden khachkars for sale
  13. 13. Wooden Khachkars for sale
  14. 14. Replica (mostly) Djulfa khachkars at Surp Amenaprkich Cathedral in Gyumri, Armenia
  15. 15. Hayravank monastery
  16. 16. Hayravank monastery Symbol of the Armenian identity "The Khachkar,“ is a memorial stone unique to the country of Armenia
  17. 17. Noratuz cemetery at Sevan Lake, Armenia
  18. 18. An Armenian khatchkar (cross-stone), the work of Armenian sculptor Ruben Nalpantyan, was unveiled on a prominent square in La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aire
  19. 19. Khachkars are found almost everywhere in Armenia, mostly by monasteries, crossroads, mountain ledges, springs and bridges Khachkars at Sevanavank
  20. 20. The Sergej Parajanov Museum is a tribute to one of the greatest figures of 20th-century world cinema
  21. 21. Divided between the Persians and Ottomans in the 16th century, eastern Armenian territories became part of the Russian Empire in the early 19th century, while the rest stayed within the Ottoman Empire
  22. 22. Gyumri Between 1915 and 1917, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Armenians died at the hands of government troops in the Ottoman Empire
  23. 23. An independent Republic of Armenia was proclaimed at the end of the First World War but was short-lived, lasting only until the beginning of the 1920s when the Bolsheviks incorporated it into the Soviet UnionThe Sevan Lake
  24. 24. Aramazd - The father of all the gods and goddesses, Aramazd created the heavens and the earthDuduk
  25. 25. Tegheri Vank is an early 13th-century Armenian monastery and church located on the southeastern slopes of Mount Aragats near the modern village of Tegher
  26. 26. When Soviet rule collapsed in 1991, Armenia regained independence but retained a Russian military base at Gyumri
  27. 27. A charming detail from the Sevanavank khachkar
  28. 28. In the mid-1990s the government embarked on an economic reform programme which brought some stability and growth. The country became a member of the Council of Europe in 2001
  29. 29. The Vernissage art market offers a unique chance to purchase locally made Armenian crafts, including world-famous carpets -
  30. 30. Kevorkian Siranuysh (1904-1983) blooming pear 1959 National gallery Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan
  31. 31. The heritage of the Armenian dance is perceived to be one of the oldest and richest forms seen in the near east
  32. 32. Basilique d'Odzoun
  33. 33. Geghard Monastery
  34. 34. Goris
  35. 35. HovsepPushman(American,1877-1966),Narcissa Hovsep Pushman Youth
  36. 36. Haghartsin Monastery Unemployment and poverty remain widespread. Armenia's economic problems are aggravated by a trade blockade imposed by neighbouring Turkey and Azerbaijan since the dispute over Nagorno-
  37. 37. Minas Avetisyan - Self-Portrait - 1960
  38. 38. Minas Avetisyan (1928 -1975 ) Meditation. My family 1960 Statue Public art Yerevan
  39. 39. We are our Mountains 1967 by Sargis Baghdasaryan Nagorno Karabakh
  40. 40. Nagorno Karabakh “Tatik and Papik” monument in Stepanakert
  41. 41. Reconstructed bust of Tigranes the Great (140 – 55 BCE)
  42. 42. Architect Vladimir Atanyan's Zodiac fountain in Charles Aznavour square,
  43. 43. Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Council of Europe and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Armenia supports the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which was proclaimed in 1991
  44. 44. Sevada Grigoryan Sirusho - singer
  45. 45. Sirusho performing Armenia's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008
  46. 46. Despite all problems, Armenia's economy experienced several years of double-digit growth before a sharp downturn set in in 2008. Though the economy grew by about 7% in 2012, by the beginning of 2013 more than 30% of the population were still living below the poverty lineSelim Karawanserei
  47. 47. Still-life with Armenian musical instruments duduk thar and qyamancha Print by Meruzhan Khachatryan
  48. 48. Taraz- Armenian Traditional Folk Clothing
  49. 49. Tatev 9th-century monastery
  50. 50. The circular park of Yerevan Waiting by Stepan Taryan
  51. 51. The circular park of Yerevan Waiting by Stepan Taryan
  52. 52. Teodor Axentowicz (Polish-Armenian painter, 1859–1938) Girl with Scarf There has been a problem of population decline due to elevated levels of emigration after the break-up of the USSR. However, in the past years, the emigration levels have leveled and there is steady population growth
  53. 53. Yaghdan bridge
  54. 54. Armenia has a huge diaspora and has always experienced waves of emigration, but the exodus of recent years has caused real alarm. It is estimated that Armenia has lost up to a quarter of its population since independence, as young families seek what they hope will be a better life abroad.
  55. 55. Sound: Djivan Gasparyan - Siro Husher - To Eva Text & pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu
  56. 56. ARMENIAN LEGENDS: LEGEND OF THE PEACH TREE In the olden days, Armenia had as many people as peach trees. When a new baby was born into any family, the goddess of beauty Astghik appeared and threw a peach pit by the door of the house. It was her way of blessing the parents and relatives of the newborn. The father or the grandfather of the child would step outside the door, pick up the peach pit, and plant it in his garden. When the pit took root, becoming a sapling, the child learned to stand and began to walk. When the seedlings sprouted flowers, the child learned its first words. And as the house was filling with the joy of a growing and maturing child, so too the peach tree grew and blossomed with pink flowers, becoming the pride of the garden where its loveliness and fragrance stood out among other flowering trees. Both the child and the tree were beautiful: after all, the goddess of beauty herself created their union. As the voice of the child grew louder and more confident, the peach tree’s fragrance grew ever so stronger. And so it would come to pass that the garden, and the house, and the hearts of all the people living in it were filled with the aroma of the peach tree – the true nectar of love. That was why in ancient times people did not speak, but sang and their words were words to a song, a song beautiful and pure. And their language was like a music sheet for a divine melody. As for the Armenian language, they called it the language of kings. But if someone forgot to step outside the door to pick up the peach pit and plant a tree on a child’s birthday, whether for lack of time or because of a simple misunderstanding, then the earth would lose a whole fraction of unique peach flavour.