Hideous Graffiti on Nor Varagavank Monastery

The architectural ensemble Nor Varagavank (Նոր Վարագավանք) is one of the outstanding monuments of developed medieval times of Armenia.  Continue reading


Armenian Remittances Rise In 2010, Russia is the main source

Remittances from Russia, which is the main destination for Armenian migrant workers abroad, accounted for more than 70 percent of cash sent by them to Armenia in January-June, 2010, while the United States, which also has a sizable Armenian community, is the second largest source of the remittances, contributing about 7 percent of the total. Below are more interesting figures from this RFE/RL report: Continue reading

Serj Tankian: “I think there is an awakening happening here”

“I actually am sensing a grass-roots youth movement more so than ever in Hayastan now,” Serj Tankian, famous Armenian-American singer–songwriter, former front-man of the “System of a Dawn” rock band said in an interview to Civilitas Foundation, sharing his impressions of Armenia during a  short visit to hold a concert in Yerevan on August 12, 2010. Continue reading

Karabakh’s “Treasure Mountain” – Holy See of Gandzasar

The Gandzasar Monastery is located in the Mardakert District of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, and is about two hours drive from the republic’s capital city of Stepanakert. It stands atop of Mount Gandzasar (hence the name), a large green hill that rises above the historical town of Vank. Continue reading