Yerevan: Memory and Reality

Vahan Kochar, Narek Duryan, Ara Galoyan, Harutyun Movsisyan, Anna Hekekyan, Hovhannes Yeranyan tell about "Paplovok", "Skvaznichok", "Temurnots", "Kapeyka" - the cafes of Soviet Yerevan, and also the dishes they prefered in those cafes and the cafe culture of Yerevan.

Suren Kocharyan

Some called his art literary estrada, some - reciting. Actually, Suren Kocharyan was the founder of one-actor theatre. 

Hakob Mndzuri

Hakob Mndzuri is the latest Western Armenian writer. In 1915, Mndzuri left for Constantinople for a short time, but never returned to the village Armtan. Days after he left, his parents, wives and four children were killed. He wrote about the village Armtan in Yerznka province for all his life. The first book was published when he was very old. His prose was a revelation in Armenian literature. Today, Mndzuri is perceived as one of the greatest Armenian prose writers.

Vahan Teryan

A poet, who turned the process of the development of Armenian literature. Vahan Teryan is a great reformer of the Armenian poetry, one of the apexes of the Armenian literature. He brought new topics, language and means of expression. The questions of the peotic methods of Vahan Teryan, his literary views, the national essence of his poems are still subject of discusssions. 

Stepan Zoryan

Stepan Zoryan's works are one of the best pages of the Armenian prose. Stepan Zoryan, as a member of the Teryan’s school of literature, is the bearer and applier of pure Armenian language. The author of the best novels of Armenian literature - "The Armenian Fortress", "King Pap" and "Varazdat" is also a genius representative of a small-scale prose. His other courageous deed was the unsurpassable translation of Lev Tolstoy's novel "War and Peace".
Zoryan is sometimes blamed for not protecting his colleagues during the stalinist violence. Meanwhile, he himself had to be concerned himself ...


Alexander Myasnikyan

By the efforts of Alexander Myasnikyan, Lori and Zangezur remained within the Soviet Armenia. He never signed the decision of Stalin on leaving Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan. The most prominent Armenian military and state figure came to the homeland exhausted from hunger and typhus, and was able to put the country's economy into development, reconcile those who became hostile because of civil war, invited many prominent Armenian scientists and artists to Armenia to rebuild the country with joint efforts. His life ended with tragic death, in which Stalin and Beria were suspected.

Hamazasp Hambardzumyan

The history of Hambardzumyan family is not presented in historical chronicles.  The legends and myths about their family were transferred by family members, from generation to generation. The first intellectual of the kin was Hamazasp Hambardzumyan. He witnessed the opening of Byurakan Observatory, the glory and recognition of his son – the most acclaimed Armenian scientist in those years, and personally leaving traces in the Armenian culture. 

Alfred Nobel: A Road to Eternity

“You may not have 472 million dollars and may not create such a famous prize that is primarily intended to spread goodness in humanity, but it is unequivocal that you can think of leaving a good mark after you even today. One day Alfred Nobel decided so and did it. Let me recall John Maxwell’s words that there are two important days in the life of a man. The first is when he comes into the world, and the second, when he understands why.” from Jonathan Söderblom’s speech on Alfred Nobel at the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Henri Verneuil

French actor Pierre Tchernia will say about this master: "Most of all, I admire and at the same time I am shocked by my friend Henry's life story. The genocide, which deprived him of his relatives and close friends, never broke Henry's spirit and vitality. He was a true son of his people. "

Alfred Nobel

The most common legend about Alfred Nobel is that no Nobel Prize is awarded in mathematics because the lover of the inventor’s wife was a mathematician. As a matter of fact, Nobel was never married. In his biographers' opinion, as a very practical scientist, Nobel regarded mathematics as a very abstract field of knowledge, where it is impossible to determine which discovery can be regarded higher than the other.

Catholicos Garegin Hovsepian

Sixty years of scholarly, literary and spiritual activity of Garegin Hovsepyan, friar of the Mother See, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia are exceptional. Through Garegin Hovsepyan's efforts unique manuscripts have been saved, and are kept today in the Matenadaran. He was the one to uncover Toros Roslin's art, and establish a number of branches of Armenian art history. He was the first to examine the ancient samples of Armenian domed temples, tomb monuments; and our today’s understanding of many of the architectural monuments destroyed during history is based exclusively on the information he has provided.
The presence and sermon of Garegin Hovsepyan in the suicide squad was crucial in the battle of Sardarapat.



In Tsarist Russia Lazaryans were known as philanthropists, national and public officials. It was due their efforts that the first Armenian Churches were constructed in the two Russian capitals. The most significant of those was the opening of Lazaryan Seminary in 1815 through the efforts of Lazaryan brothers. This education institutions late become Lazaryan Institute for Eastern Languages – the cornerstone of Eastern studies of Russia. For nearly one and half century it provided education opportunities to Armenian and Russian prominent writers, cultural figures, philologists and historians.