Discover Armenia Project ← Back to main page. Online galleries: People | Places | Traditions | Heritage | Free choice | Diaspora © Vahan Abrahamyan (Vanadzor, Armenia). Diaspora reunion every 7 years. The Blessing of the Holy Myron – Echmiadzin – The Holy Myron is a mixture of pure olive oil and 47 other aromas and flowers. It is prepared only by the Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church during the blessing ceremony of the Holy Myron, which takes place every seven years. © Samvel Sevada (Yerevan, Armenia). Armenian Folk Dance Ensemble ”Geghard” on tour in Europe (2010, Belgium, International folk festival). © Armenian Folk Dance Ensemble ”Geghard”. Photo courtesy: Albert Kiziryan, Art Director. On tour in Europe (2010, France, International folk festival). © Hasmig Danielian (Bucharest, Romania). Lavash – Armenian bread, included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. © Hasmig Danielian (Bucharest, Romania). Volunteering with Birthright Armenia – first contact with our Heritage! © Hasmig Danielian (Bucharest, Romania). Armenian Concert and Dances during Christmas events. In photo: “Vartavar” Ensemble, 2006, Bucharest, Romania. © Miko Baghdasarian (Bucharest, Romania). First Armenian typewriter of Ararat magazine, Bucharest, Romania. © András Zoltai (Budapest, Hungary). Despite the heavy shower, thousands of Armenians arrived to take flowers at the Genocide Memorial monument on the 24th of April, on the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide / Yerevan. © Anna Karapetyan (Yerevan, Armenia). Ani, Western Armenia. © Anna Karapetyan (Yerevan, Armenia). Van, Western Armenia. © Armine Balasanyan (Yerevan, Armenia). “The Price of Freedom”- Stepanakert, Artsakh- A Memorial Complex built in honor of the 22,000 inhabitants of Nagorno Karabagh who died during the Great Patriotic War (World War II), in memory of the 1990s Artsakh War dead, and in the memory of the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. © Armine Balasanyan (Yerevan, Armenia). “Gandzasar Monastery”- Mardakert District of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh- Gandzasar is a 13th century monastery, that stands atop of Mount Gandzasar (translated from Armenian as “Treasure Mountain” ), a large green hill that rises above the historical town of Vank. In addition to being an architectural masterwork, a major Christian shrine and a political hub, Gandzasar is also known for its role as a center of culture and scholarship. © Armine Balasanyan (Yerevan, Armenia). “Amaras Monastery”- near the village of Sos in the Martuni Province of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic- Amaras is one of the most ancient state-founded Christian monasteries in history. It was established in the 4th century by St. Gregory the Enlightener, who converted Armenia to Christianity in 301 AD, thus turning it into the first Christian kingdom in the world. Armenians have own unique alphabet, which was created or, perhaps, developed from an earlier, less perfect prototype (in the 5th century, between 404 AD and 406 AD). Amaras Monastery is known for hosting the very first school where that new alphabet was used for teaching by its creator, St. Mesrob Mashtots. © Armine Zohrabyan (Yerevan, Armenia). Colours – Armenian Carpet – Armenia is well known of it’s handmade carpets, made by Armenian women. © Cassandra Tavukciyan (Toronto/Ontario, Canada). Nore Day Day- Vancouver, B.C- My great uncle Nore in his home. He and my great aunt moved to Vancouver from Istanbul, Turkey over 40 years ago and have lived in this same house since they moved. The house is frozen in time, filled with objects and relics from the past. © Anna Karapetyan (Yerevan, Armenia). Ararat Mt. – one of the most used symbol in the Armenian diaspora. © Gohar Mmnatsakanyan (Sevan/Gegharkunik, Armenia). Surb Khach – Akdamar Island, Lake Van / Turkey- The Church of Surb Khach. Akdamar Island, in Turkey, was a medieval cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church, built as a palatine church for the kings of Vaspurakan and later serving as the seat of the Armenian Catholicosate of Aghtamar. © Gohar Mmnatsakanyan (Sevan/Gegharkunik, Armenia). Lake Van . Akdamar Island – Lake Van is the largest lake in historical Armenia , now in Turkey, located in the far east of the country in Van district. It is a saline soda lake, receiving water from numerous small streams that descend from the surrounding mountains. Van was considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, collectively referred to as the ‘Seas of Armenia’. © Harout Tanielian (Lebanon, Beirut). Shushi, Karabagh Marz, Armenia. Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Christ the Holy Savior and the Shushi Cathedral. © Hasmik Gabrielyan (Etchmiadzin, Armenia). Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex “Tsitsernakaberd”/Yerevan –People in sorrow, 24th of April, 2015. © Alex Findikyan (originally from Istanbul, Turkey, now is continuing life in Motherland). Monument of Shenork I Kaloustian of Constantinople. The 82nd Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople. © Alex Findikyan (originally from Istanbul, Turkey, now is continuing life in Motherland). St.Leon Armenian-Catholic Church; Constantinople. © Alex Findikyan (originally from Istanbul, Turkey, now is continuing life in Motherland). Bourj Hammoud (Little Armenia); Beirut. © Jessie Howard (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England). Never Forget – Wild forget-me-not flowers picked in the spring, at Noravank Monastery. This flower is used as a universal symbol for the Armenian Genocide, to demand recognition and remembrance. The forget-me-not has five petals, each of which symbolizes the five continents, where Armenians settled after the genocide. © Ken Komendaryan (Yerevan, Armenia). The “Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives” – Watertown, Massachusetts. The premier archive of Armenian photographs has the mission to collect, document, preserve, and present the historic and modern photographic records of Armenians and Armenian heritage. Founded by Ruth Thomasian in 1975 Project SAVE Archives’ hosts extensive and diverse collection of more than 40,000 photographs, as well audio tapes. The collection presents the materials on the life of the homeland and Diaspora from the 1860s to the present day. © Ken Komendaryan (Yerevan, Armenia). The library of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research – Belmont, Massachusetts. The NAASR was established in March 1955 at a special meeting at Harvard University and has grown from the vision of a group of sixty Armenian Americans and Harvard professors who wished to advance Armenian Studies, research, and publication on a permanent, scholarly, and objective basis. © Ken Komendaryan (Yerevan, Armenia). We and Our Symbols – Khor Virab Monastery. An Armenian teenager demonstrates the passion for the homeland and its symbols – the Mount Ararat and the flag of the Republic of Armenia. © Lucine Nazarian (Yerevan, Armenia). Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex – Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan. © Marita Levonian (Beirut, Lebanon). A couple marching during the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide (April 24, 2015) – Beirut, Lebanon. © Parik Simsar (Geneva, Switzerland). Armenian traditional folk music band performing in Beirut (Lebanon). © Péter Bakodi (Győr, Hungary). Still standing – Ani, Turkey – Photo was taken in Ani, it depicts the half-torn Church of the Redeemer. © Péter Bakodi (Győr, Hungary). Fading frescos – Ani, Turkey – Photo was taken in Ani. It depicts frescos of an ancient Armenian church. © Raffi Youredjian (London, UK). Medz Bazaar- London Concert. © Raffi Youredjian (London, UK). Mekhitarian Library- Vienna. © Raffi Youredjian (London, UK). Ancient Stamp – Ruse, Bulgaria. © Raffi Youredjian (London, UK). Religious Relics of Plovdiv – Plovdiv, Bulgaria – Smuggled out of Ancient Armenia, this beautiful piece of craftsmanship found it’s way to Plodiv for safekeeping. © Raffi Youredjian (London, UK). Inside Akhtamar- Akhtamar Monastery – Located on the Island this is the best known site of Old Armenia lost to Turkey. © Raffi Youredjian (London, UK). Armenian Dancer – Sofia, Bulgaria- A traditional Armenian dance by a group in Bulgaria. © Ruben Danielyan (Armavir, Armenia). Matenadaran – Holy Etchmiadzin – On October 18, 2012, with the participation of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and Holy Etchmiadzin benefactors Vatche and Tamar Manoukians, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians presided over the opening ceremony of the “Vatche and Tamar Manoukian” Matenadaran in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. © Ruben Danielyan (Armavir, Armenia). Armenian apostolic church – Abovyan – Image Jesus and the apostles on the dome of the temple. © Ruben Danielyan (Armavir, Armenia). Dome of the Church – Abovyan – Church St. Hovhannes church of Abovyan. © Ruben Postoyan (Yerevan, Armenia). Apart. © Sebough Voskeritchian (Limassol, Cyprus). Sipan – Armenian Dances – Nicosia – Cyprus. © Sebough Voskeritchian (Limassol, Cyprus). Remember 100 Years Genocide – Nicosia – Cyprus. © Sebough Voskeritchian (Limassol, Cyprus). Holy Service after 50 years – Nicosia – Cyprus. © Tatev Mnatsakanyan (Yerevan, Armenia). © Tatev Mnatsakanyan (Yerevan, Armenia). Honoured famous sculptor from Canada, George Kassabian. © Tatev Mnatsakanyan (Yerevan, Armenia). Honoured famous artist from Belgium, Levon Hovhannisyan. © Tatev Mnatsakanyan (Yerevan, Armenia). Honoured famous sculptor from Alexandria, Sargis Tosunyan.