Hayastan 1915-2015

Hayastan 1915-2015

On April 24th, 2015, Armenians celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, one of the most important events in the history of the country, which brought the world’s attention to the memory of the million and a half Armenians killed in 1915. In the capital Yerevan the entire population went to Dzidzernagapert, the memorial of Genocide, to leave a flower, and in Echmiadzin - considered the Armenian Vatican and the seat of the Catholicos Karekin II, head of the national church - the Armenian martyrs were canonized. Armenia, the oldest country to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301, is officially at war with Azerbaijan for the control of Nagorno-Karabakh, former Armenian enclave in Azerbaijani territory assigned to Baku by Stalin. And the Soviet past has still a very strong infuelnce in the daily life of the country, Russian is commonly spoken and studied in schools; in Yerevan and in vacation destinations near the capital architecture is still very much influenced by the Soviet period. But Yerevan is also a living city, rich in art, culture and entertainment, despite a difficult economic situation and the arrival of Syrian refugees of Armenian descent, fleeing the war in Syria.

by Gianmarco Maraviglia

On April 24th, 2015, Armenians celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, one of the most important events in the history of the country, which brought the world’s attention to the memory of the million and a half Armenians killed in 1915. In the capital Yerevan the entire population went to Dzidzernagapert, the memorial of Genocide, to leave a flower, and in Echmiadzin - considered the Armenian Vatican and the seat of the Catholicos Karekin II, head of the national church - the Armenian martyrs were canonized. Armenia, the oldest country to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301, is officially at war with Azerbaijan for the control of Nagorno-Karabakh, former Armenian enclave in Azerbaijani territory assigned to Baku by Stalin. And the Soviet past has still a very strong infuelnce in the daily life of the country, Russian is commonly spoken and studied in schools; in Yerevan and in vacation destinations near the capital architecture is still very much influenced by the Soviet period. But Yerevan is also a living city, rich in art, culture and entertainment, despite a difficult economic situation and the arrival of Syrian refugees of Armenian descent, fleeing the war in Syria.

Yerevan, Armenia. On the hill that houses the memorial stands the stele, 44 meters high, representing the rebirth of Armenians. Here the celebration for the 100 years anniversary of Genocide. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide. Yerevan, Armenia. Throughout the city you can see posters recalling the Genocide. Police patrolling the most sensitive sites Yerevan, Armenia. A craftsman builds monuments of the ancient stones design Yerevan, Armenia. In the park the monument of the Great Mother Armenia there is an amusement park fully functional dating back to the Soviet period Lake Sevan, Armenia. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, on its shores there are many tourist facilities dating back to sovietico. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was Considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, Referred to collectively as the 'Seas of Armenia'; it is the only one Within the boundaries of today's Republic of Armenia. The Sevan peninsula (formerly an island) is home to a medieval monastery. Yerevan, Armenia. Children participate in a dance class in the city center Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide. Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. A famous ski resort. Yerevan, Armenia. A few hours before the big concert of System of a Down, a child waving the Armenian flag. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred louis for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide. The presence of police and military is impressive for fear of attacks. Yerevan, Armenia. The Cascade is a giant stairway. It links the downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. The construction of the cascade designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, Sargis Gurzadyan was launched in 1971 and completed in 1980. Inside the Cascade, underneath the exterior steps is a couple of escalators going the length of the complex. There are also rooms connected to some of the landings along the escalators which comprise the Cafesjian Museum of Art. Yerevan, Armenia. On the hill that houses the memorial stands the stele, 44 meters high, representing the rebirth of Armenians. Here the celebration for the 100 years anniversary of Genocide. Yerevan, Armenia. The night between 24 and 25 April all poolazione went to the main square of the city, Republic Square, for a candlelight vigil until the memorial. Lake Sevan, Armenia. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, on its shores there are many tourist facilities dating back to sovietico. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was Considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, Referred to collectively as the 'Seas of Armenia'; it is the only one Within the boundaries of today's Republic of Armenia. The Sevan peninsula (formerly an island) is home to a medieval monastery. Yerevan, Armenia. Along the road leading to the memorial, all bring a flower. Yerevan, Armenia. View of the city. In the background you can see the Memorial. Nagorno Karabakh. By car to the border with Iran, where they were sent some Syrian refugees of Armenian origin. Nagorny is a land dispute with Azerbaijan, a country with which Armenia is officially at war and the Syrian refugees are sent there in exchange for land and house for demographic reasons. Yerevan, Armenia. A military controls the area of the museum of genocide. Yerevan, Armenia. Inside one of the many churches in the city. The Armenia is the oldest country to have declared Christianity as the state religion. Yerevan, Armenia.On the esplanade of the hill Dzidzernagapert (Strong swallows) in 1966 it was built the Memorial of Genocide. The author is the architect Artur Tarkhanian. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide. Ashtarak, Armenia. This area is called New Aleppo because here should be built a luxury residential complex for wealthy Syrians of Armenian descent fleeing the war. Yerevan, Armenia. The media center set up to cover the event of the anniversary of the genocide. Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. Kecharis Monastery. Echmiadzin, Armenia. one the most sacred places for armenian. Yerevan, Armenia. Ivan Havannesian, 7 years old, was born in Aleppo, Syria. Last September, his family, Christian Armenian origin, terrified by the escalation of violence in the Syrian conflict has embarked on a rough road trip to Armenia. Today he lives with his parents in a suburb of Yerevan. Yerevan, Armenia. Victory Park. Yerevan, Armenia. The Cascade is a giant stairway. It links the downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. The construction of the cascade designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, Sargis Gurzadyan was launched in 1971 and completed in 1980. Inside the Cascade, underneath the exterior steps is a couple of escalators going the length of the complex. There are also rooms connected to some of the landings along the escalators which comprise the Cafesjian Museum of Art. Yerevan, Armenia. Vintage Market. Yerevan, Armenia, City view. Yerevan, Armenia. Norther Avenue. Yerevan, Armenia.  People in one of the street of the capital. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide. Yerevan, Armenia. Throughout the city you can see posters recalling the Genocide. Yerevan, Armenia. In the park the monument of the Great Mother Armenia there is an amusement park fully functional dating back to the Soviet period Yerevan, Armenia. Throughout the city you can see posters recalling the Genocide. Yerevan, Armenia. The night between 24 and 25 April all poolazione went to the main square of the city, Republic Square, for a candlelight vigil until the memorial. Yerevan, Armenia. Downtown. Yerevan, Armenia.On the esplanade of the hill Dzidzernagapert (Strong swallows) in 1966 it was built the Memorial of Genocide. The author is the architect Artur Tarkhanian. Yerevan, Armenia. Aznavour Yerevan, Armenia. Charles aznavour house Yerevan, Armenia. Downtown. Lake Sevan, Armenia. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, on its shores there are many tourist facilities dating back to sovietico. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was Considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, Referred to collectively as the 'Seas of Armenia'; it is the only one Within the boundaries of today's Republic of Armenia. The Sevan peninsula (formerly an island) is home to a medieval monastery. Yerevan, Armenia. The Cascade is a giant stairway. It links the downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. The construction of the cascade designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, Sargis Gurzadyan was launched in 1971 and completed in 1980. Inside the Cascade, underneath the exterior steps is a couple of escalators going the length of the complex. There are also rooms connected to some of the landings along the escalators which comprise the Cafesjian Museum of Art.