Smbataberd is one of the largest and oldest fortresses of Armenia and Syunik.
October 21, 2015
Smbataberd fortress is situated on top of a mountain southeast of Artabuynk (formerly known as Yeghegis) village of Armenia’s Vayots Dzor province. The real name of the fortress unknown, people call it Smbataberd (Smbat’s fortress) as King Smbat is buried in the village nearby. According to another version, the fortress was named after Smbat, Prince of Syunik. PAN Photo photographer Karo Sahakyan visited Smbataberd, as well as Tsakhats Kar Monastery located in the neighborhood.
Game of Thrones hit series won the hearts of millions of fans round the world keeping the viewers glued to the screens.
June 9, 2015
Armenian audiences as well couldn't get enough of political intrigues in a fantasy environment of the Seven Kingdoms.
“The voice of a seemingly extinct volcano which sings to your heart, rather than ears..is heard throughout the world,” Aznavour’s biographer Yves Salgues wrote.
May 22, 2014
Some people are too good for words, no laudative description capable of fully expressing their greatness. Such is maestro Charles Aznavour: words are not necessary, just listen.
In 2011, UNESCO designated April 30, as the official International Jazz Day, timed to the April 29 birthday of Duke Ellington.
April 30, 2014
The legend has it that jazz music was born in New Orleans, travelling on old paddle-steamers to Mississippi, Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago and finally, New York.
A victim of Stalinism, Charents was charged for "counterrevolutionary and nationalist activity" and imprisoned during the 1937 Great Purge.
March 13, 2014
Armenia marks the 117th birth anniversary of great poet Yeghishe Charents March 13.
Charents was born Yeghishe Abgari Soghomonyan in Kars in 1897 to a family involved in the rug trade. His family hailed from the Armenian diaspora of Maku, Persia. He first attended an Armenian elementary school, but later transferred to a Russian technical secondary school in Kars from 1908 to 1912. He spent much of his time in reading. In 1912, he had his first poem published in the Armenian periodical Patani (Tiflis). Amid the upheavals of the First World War and the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, he volunteered to fight in a detachment in 1915 for the Caucasian Front.
For many years, Yerevan has been honoring the great poet with Tumanyan days, with the festive events annually lasting from April 4 to 11.
February 19, 2014
Armenia marks the 145th birth anniversary of the master of Armenian literature, great poet Hovhannes Tumanyan, who played a special role not only in the history of his country’s literature but also in the spiritual life of his nation. “The art should be clear and transparent as an eye and as complicated as one,” the poet said. And, true to his beliefs, the language of Tumanyan’s works is wonderfully simple and natural, but lively and picturesque. Even during his lifetime, Tumanyan was called the “All-Armenian poet.”
7-day festival in brief
July 18, 2012
A major event in Armenia’s cultural life, the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival is taking place in the first half of July in Yerevan.
The new technologies enable using the old understructure for reconstituting a full-fledged new temple of Zvartnots.
May 19, 2012
The temple of Zvartnots is an asset of enormous value as a unique piece of architecture. The composition of the temple is exclusive. Its semantic content is extremely substantial: references to the constellation of Orion, to the Universal Hierarchy, as well as to the Holy Patriarchs, the Founders of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The holiness of the temple location is corroborated by authoritative references incorporated into architectural elements of structures for public worship in other parts of the world.
Local residents almost ceased going to museums, with exception for schoolchildren and students.
March 3, 2011
There are over 30 museums in Yerevan, most of them being under guardianship of the Armenian Ministry of Culture and National Academy of Sciences and almost all of them lacking funds and attention. Low salaries force employees quit.
The ancient wine press site in the Armenian town of Ashtarak resembles a junkyard.
February 28, 2011
The Armenian town of Ashtarak is known as the old center of wine-making. There are plenty of monuments evidencing this throughout the place.