Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan was present at the new program presentation called “Cultural heritage and sustainable tourism” dedicated to the international Day of Monuments and Sites. The event took place at Yerevan History Museum. In accordance with the authors’ idea, a number of rituals such as pre-wedding ceremony and others, characteristic for Yerevanian families of the late 19th century and the early 20th century are presented through a special excursion.
History of Dalma’s four former villages, which are currently part of Malatia-Sebastia, Ajapnyak and Davitashen administrative districts of Yerevan – Davitashen (First village), Anastasavan (Second village), Silikyan (Third village, then Spandaryan), Haghtanak (Fourth village) is an important part of history of the Capital.
One of the great Armenians Garegin Nzhdeh said, “Homeland lives with patriotism and is destroyed because of its lack”.
The concept of patriotism is in close connection with the history of its country as homeland is not only the modern period of the country but also its history, culture, its past, present as well as future.
Opening ceremony of the photo exhibition called “Restart: Syrian Armenians’ success in business sphere of Armenia” and the presentation of the same name book were held in Yerevan History Museum.
The joint project of GIZ organization and the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Germany in Armenia was carried out with the support of Yerevan Municipality.
1960-1980s of the 20th century are considered to be substantive and bright stage in the modern history of Armenian fine art. New political situation contributed to the advance of culture’s various fields. This uplift was the consequence of “Khruschev’s thaw” that brought to specific changes. In its turn, Yerevan as the capital developed in a new way, for a short time gaining a new trait. Yerevan gained a new breath, activated its social-cultural life. In these years Yerevan became a new, more independent platform for modern fine art development. In Yerevan one after another were erected sculptures, opened exhibitions, museums, studios and the top of it was the foundation of Modern Art Museum in 1972 by art critic H. Igityan.
Within the frames of the program of events worked out by Yerevan Municipality with the aim of spring tourism boosting in the capital, the exhibition “Dialogue of cultures” dedicated to the culture of Iran, has opened at Yerevan History Museum.
Medical science has been an integral part of Armenian culture for many centuries. Private hospitals were established in Armenia back in the 3rd century. Notice, that the first hospitals were opened in Europe only 300 years later.
Armenians were interested in health and medical issues in early times, but the issues of improving sanitary conditions and medical service were raised only after Eastern Armenia joined Russia.
Bishop Hovhannes Shahkhatunyants had his main important role in the study of the history of Yerevan and surrounding provinces during the first half of the 19th century. He was very much involved in social-religious and scientific activities. The works of Shahkhatunyants have an importance of Source Studies and are widely used not only by Armenians, but by foreign authors as well. With its scientific value stands out his “Signature of the Mother Cathedral of Etchmiadzin and Five Provinces of Ararat” research in two volumes published in Etchmiadzin in 1842. By its structure this research reminds us of “Journey to Armenia”, the significant work of Mesrop Taghiadyan who was another famous author of the same period. Shahkhatunyants checked all the data and information in above mentioned study of M. Taghiadyan, and made valuable additions.
In the history of Yerevan of 20th century the urban planning has been a vital and controversial concept in understanding trends. Socioeconomic development, and the famous Utopian period has emphasized the landscape of the city.
In his master plan, an Armenian prominent architect Alexander Tamanyan made many drastic changes to Yerevan’s landscape, which included adding various new buildings, establishing public parks and green spaces, and transforming the city to fit its title as a Soviet Republic Capital. While creating and developing the master plan of Yerevan, Tamanyan followed famous Ebenezer Howard’s theory of a “garden city” which was popular in the West.
On the material of the presentation at the Yerevan History Museum on October 4th 2014
The article proposes a new hypothesis for the use, dating, construction and situation of an ancient tower (attested in the 17th century and now destroyed) in Yerevan. It is proposed to be a water tower, dating from Zakarian period, built on an Armenian order and situated in the heart of nowadays Yerevan.
Armen Michaelian (historian)