Lessons from the past

By Rouben Indjikian, Professor at Webster University Geneva
 

On September 25, 2013 the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia marked the 100th anniversary of its founder Hovhannes Indjikian, a well-known historian. Why should a former colleague who passed away in 1990 be still so honored? Above all because of the heritage of scientific and exemplary human and patriotic values and acts, which he bequeathed to his younger colleagues and all of us.

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The Stories of the People Close to Us

Andreea Tănase is an independent photo journalist from Romania with more than 10 years of experience. Over the course of her professional career she has addressed various topics and explored Romanian life and culture. Tănase has worked for top newspapers and collaborated with major magazines and photo agencies in the country and abroad.

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100 Armenians Who Changed the World

Armenians are an ancient nation whose sons and daughters have made quite an impact on the human history. Science, art, politics, finance – you’d be hard pressed to find a field, in which Armenian men and women don’t thrive. Their talents have made our world a much better place, so here are their names for the grateful descendants to remember!

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Bird’s Eye View

Harsh winters are rare in Yerevan, and any snow that falls usually melts away quickly. But on those few days when temperatures fall below zero and snow blankets the city, Yerevan turns into a magical set for a winter fairytale. Do enjoy these aerial images of Armenia’s winter wonderland! 

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A Beautiful Place

Armenia's Tavush Region, which borders Azerbaijan to the east and Georgia to the north, is one of the country’s greenest: the region is home to 40 percent of Armenia’s forests. With picturesque mountains, deep canyons, a soft climate and architectural monuments sprinkled throughout, the region is rightfully considered one of Armenia’s most beautiful landscapes.
 
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Armenians Who Rock the World

Most music connoisseurs have heard of Komitas, but Armenians’ musical talents extend way beyond classics. Below is a selection of the world’s coolest Armenian rockers, meticulously prepared by our staff musician. Turn up the volume and enjoy!

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Armenian Treasures

Over the centuries Armenians have had an influence on many a local culture and the world civilization at large. It is difficult to argue the Armenian people’s tremendous potential and their contributions to a wide range of discoveries that have changed the world.

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Set in Stone

Underground rivers, traces of ancient eruptions, enormous craters and waters with magical healing powers - the wonders of the Armenian plateau are limitless! Join us as we try to take them all in.

 

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Cavemen’s Kingdom

Nature was the chief architect of ancient lodgings on the Armenian plateau, and lava became the first construction material. For thousands of years, the local population dwelled only in caves and grottos. In the meantime, the country’s landscape kept changing as lava destroyed everything in its wake, crossed riverbeds and hunting paths and drove cavemen deeper into their rocky shelters.

 

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Travel to Armenia: FAQs

So say you have been persuaded to come visit that most hospitable and breathtaking of countries: Armenia. Now there are practicalities to think about, questions to be answered and concerns to be addressed. All kinds of wonderful travel websites can help you prepare and plan your trip, but you also might want to hear it from the source, that is, from Armenians themselves. Below you will find our answers to the most frequently asked questions about visiting Armenia, with more in this series to come. Sugarcoating free and spoken from experience! 
 
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How Monuments See Us

We walk by all sorts of statues and monuments every day, our eyes accustomed to the sight. But as we look at them, we don’t always realize that they are looking back at us. Do you ever wonder how a monument sees you? We brought our video drone along for a walk around Yerevan and took some areal shots, getting as close to the statues’ eyes as possible. Here’s what we saw.

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The Photographic Eye of the Beholder

Documentary photography often calls people's attention to issues that tend to get swept under the rug, avoided or purposefully forgotten. Time and again, photographers appeal to our conscience to help nudge us out of shells and comfort zones and into unedited reality.

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The Mountainous Island

The Armenian plateau, also known as the Armenian Highlands, is located in the east of Asia Minor. On the territory of about 400 000 sq. km the Iranian and Anatolian plateaus bumped, forming a mountain chain (a similar fact can be observed in the Pamirs). Although the plateau is indeed named after the Armenian nation, the country itself occupies only a part it.

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Armenian Booze to Enjoy Responsibly

The British can claim gin and Americans can claim bourbon, but what drinks can Armenians claim? Armenians have been around for so long that it’s hard to know for sure: some common drinks, like wine and beer, may even have their origins in Armenia. Historical records and recent discoveries show that they’ve been produced there for millennia.
 
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Voices from the Middle Ages

The Armenian miniatures are examples of the Armenian national art of miniature painting from the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia and some Armenian colonies. Armenian book miniatures, some examples of which date back to the 6th century, are especially known for their vibrant colors and stylistic diversity. Armenian miniatures are also characterized by exquisite patterns and ornaments. Besides their artistic and historical value, they are a priceless source of information for scholars of Armenian music, theater, ethnography, crafts, agriculture and the history of flora and fauna.

 

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