Armenia’s singing stones

Karahunj – “full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.” Continue reading Armenia’s singing stones

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Ruins of forgotten times: Armenia’s city of Ani

In 1064, in a fit of imperial expansion, the Seljuk Turks overran Armenia and Georgia before going on to conquer Anatolia. In the shape of things to come, Armenia’s fabled capital of Ani was pillaged and destroyed. Continue reading Ruins of forgotten times: Armenia’s city of Ani

Armenia: Land of stone and memories

“The first thing I saw in Armenia was stone; and what I took away when I left was a memory of stone… And what best expresses the soul of Armenia is neither the deep blue of Lake Sevan nor the peach orchards and vineyards of the Ararat valley; what expresses the soul of Armenia is stone.” Continue reading Armenia: Land of stone and memories

Armenia: Between a mountain and a hard place

Tsitsernakaberd is a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. It is situated on a hill overlooking Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan. Every year on 24 April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians gather there to remember the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Continue reading Armenia: Between a mountain and a hard place

Armenian – a language “half as old as time”

Reinvigorating a language in the age of digital communications ought to be easy. After all, the Internet makes sources and resources widely available and social media technologies encourage linguistic improvisation. Armenian – threatened by historical exile and then by Russification – is a case in point. Continue reading Armenian – a language “half as old as time”

Armenia: Once more unto the breach!

The Turkish prime minister has said a bill passed by the French parliament on the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule is “racist” and that it has “murdered freedom of thought”. Since most people now know for certain what took place in Armenia in 1915, the claim is bizarre to say the least. Continue reading Armenia: Once more unto the breach!