Posts Tagged ‘Web Wrap’


[Web Wrap]: The Art of Calligraphy: Script in its Purest Forms.

January 9, 2011

Calligraphy as discipline was a rare find in the rich legacy of Armenian culture.
– Ruben Malayan

By Ruben Malayan via

Two years ago I had a request from the Editor of upcoming “Encyclopedia of World Calligraphy” to contribute to the edition by drawing samples of Armenian script. When I asked what exactly would this request imply I was told that they needed all four major scripts executed with sequence of strokes ( i.e. the direction of writing). For over three month I have spent nights drawing letters, digging out anything I could find on my bookshelf, only to discover that calligraphy as discipline was a rare find in the rich legacy of Armenian culture. How come, I said to myself, how could it be that we have so little written about it? We have studies of paleography (science of writing) but practically nothing on calligraphy (art of writing).

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Armenian Erkatagir Alphabet

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[Web Wrap]: Urartian King’s Burial Chamber in Van Opened for First Time.

January 9, 2011

A new site to explore.


VAN, Turkey (Anatolian News Agency)–The burial chambers of Urartian King Argishti I and his family in the western wing of an ancient castle in the eastern Turkish province of Van have been opened for the first time.

“The burial chamber is in the western part of Van castle and bears the workmanship of the highest quality. It is reached through a 24-step staircase,” said Rafet Çavuşoğlu, a professor at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s Archaeology Department.

King Argishti I was buried in a rock burial chamber called “Horhor Cave,” said the professor, who specially opened the doors to the graves to Anatolia news agency.

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Tushpa Van Fortress



[Web Wrap]: U.S. Ambassador to Armenia to Visit with Armenian’s in LA.

October 12, 2010

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Marie L. Yovanovitch will be meeting this week with the Armenian-American community in Los Angeles.

Check out the schedule and updates of events on the embassy’s Facebook page.


[Web Wrap]: Peter Balakian Reading in NYC.

October 12, 2010

Peter Balakian, author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, to speak in lower Manhattan this Wednesday evening.

Professor Peter Balakian will read at the 9/ll Memorial & Museum in New York City, located at 20 Vesey Street, on Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.

As the first speaker in the fall-winter speakers series, “9/11, Today and Tomorrow,” Peter Balakian will read from his new book of poems Ziggurat, just published by The University of Chicago Press.

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[Web Wrap]: Viktor Hambardzumyan – Founder of the Byurakan Observatory.

September 25, 2010

[Web Wrap]: Symphonic Friday – Orchestra headed by Spivakov will perform in Yerevan.

September 24, 2010

By Gayane Abrahamyan via ArmeniaNow

A rare direct flight from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Yerevan, has brought the CIS (Commonwealth of Independence States) Youth Symphonic Orchestra, headed by the world-famous conductor Vladimir Spivakov, to Armenia, where the orchestra will perform tonight, Friday.

The orchestra, founded three years ago, has five Armenian and five Azeri musicians, who work next to each other. It was founded by the initiative of the CIS Foundation on Humanitarian Cooperation (FHC), and is made up of 108 musicians from 12 CIS countries.

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Vladimir Spivakov


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[Web Wrap]: The Big Picture – Expect the Unexpected in the Armenian Realm.

September 23, 2010

ianyan mag’s collection of unusual Armenian-related images…

Click and enjoy responsibly.


Credit: Vince Millett
via Creative Commons / Flickr Vince Millett


[Web Wrap]: How To Prepare “Real” Lavash.

September 23, 2010

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[Web Wrap]: Salute on Independence Day.

September 21, 2010

Via ArmeniaNow


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[Web Wrap]: Akhtamar Mass – Liturgy, But No Peace Without a Cross at Landmark Religious Service in Turkey.

September 20, 2010

By Gayane Mkrtchyan via ArmeniaNow

For the first time in nearly a century Armenian Christians have had a religious service in a 10th-century church on the Lake Van island of Akhtamar, in what now is eastern Turkey.

The September 19 Liturgy at the Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Church was conducted by Archbishop Aram Ateshian, the Armenian Patriarchal Vicar of Constantinople. Service went on, despite the absence of a cross on the dome of the church — a holy indicator for all Armenian churches.

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Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Church in Van


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