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« on: July 27, 2012, 07:54:06 AM »

Armenians & Their Pride of Churches
By: Vahe Assarian, July 17, 2012

The Armenian people are proud Christians. The first Christian church in Armenia was built in the 4th century and is the oldest and most famous Christian church in Armenia called Echmiadzin. The architectural design of the churches between the 4th and 7th century lives on today in the 21st century. Sadly, the churches that are in present day Turkey have, for the most part, been destroyed. Armenians accepted Christianity over 1,700 years ago. In 301 AD, under King Trdat the third, Christianity became the official religion of the Armenian people and made Armenia the world’s first Christian state.

One of the most famous lands in Armenian History regarding churches is the City of Ani, which is also known as the City of a 1001 Churches. The City of Ani today is not what it once was when the Armenian people populated that region. The churches today are unmanned and are falling apart. The once great land of the Armenian people with many proud Armenian churches has turned into a ghost town.


http://ancawr.org/2012/07/17/armenians-their-pride-of-churches/
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 09:42:06 AM »

I have recently fallen in love with the Armenian Orthodoxy! Their stone made Monasteries are amazingly beautiful. I hope to visit this historical country one day….
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 07:40:59 PM »


I've just read this interesting article:

http://www.armenianweekly.com/2012/08/04/one-mans-attempt-to-capture-ethiopian-armenians-dying-legacy/

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012, 08:09:37 PM »

Kind of unrelated to the thread topic, but related to Balthasar's link about Armenians' contribution to Ethiopian musical history, here is an example of Mr. Nerses Nalbandian's musical talents, put to the service of another musical legend, Muluken Melesse -- enjoy!

As to the topic, like Ergib I would love to go Armenia some day. Unfortunately, I know no Armenian, only Russian, which probably does not really make a person very popular over there. Smiley But it might be a good time to go now that they've started restoring Tatev Monastery (adding an araeal cable car for visitors)!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2012, 08:12:12 PM »

You'd probably be able to get by on Russian.  Visiting Tatev Monastery would be awesome. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2012, 08:22:53 PM »

Yeah, I know. It just seems rude, y'know? Besides, I'd like to learn Armenian; it's a beautiful language. Smiley
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