Noncanonical gospels. Part 3

Third part presents the story of the Gospel of Judas found in Egypt in 1978, its content analysis and the discussions on the manuscript.


Noncanonical gospels. Part 4

Fourth part of the series addresses one of the most famous figures of the human history – Judas. Who was Judas and why did this very same person betray the Saviour? What truths did he master? How can he be justified? Was Judas a betrayer or a victim? What literary and culturological interpretations did Judas’ character lead to?

Gospel of Haghpat: Markare Illustrator (Tsakhkogh)

Haghpat-Ani-Getashen-Etchmiadzin and Yerevan: just like a number of well-known Armenian manuscripts, the Gospel of Haghpat has come a long and poignant road. Created in 13th century in Haghpat Monastery, later illustrated in Ani, in 1920-ies it appeared in Artsakh and from there was brought to Etchmiadzin by Bishop Garegin Hovsepyan. At present, the Gospel is displayed in Matenadaran after Mashtots and presents a unique Armenian manuscript art of Markare Illustrator (Tsakhkogh).


Modernism and the Avante-garde in Armenia

Armenia was the first in Soviet Union to have a contemporary art museum. The museum was created with the efforts of individuals and due to the special atmosphere typical for 1960-ies. The works of Minas Avetisyan have significant role in the establishment of the museum and the art of Armenian modernism. The art of Minas has not lost its modernity and interestingness. How is Minas perceived abroad, what is the role of its work in the modern Armenian art, what’s the relationship between the national modernism and the avante-garde? Hayk Hambardzumyan discusses these issues with painter Narek Avetisyan.

Witnesses of Faith

The film is about the history of Armenian Diocese in Russia and Nor Nakhijevan, Armenian-Russian historical and church relations, as well as about the construction of Diocesan Church Complex of Moscow.

Toros Taronatsi (of Taron)

Plant and geometric decorations. Real and mystical images. Reflecions of folk art and folklore. The minitiarist Toros Taronatsi hears the voices of the outer world and tries to record them. National legends are of great interest to him and they rendered on the pages of the manuscript with fresh interpretations.
Toros Tarinatsi lived and created from the end of 13th century to mid 14th century. First he studied in his native land – Mush, then in Gladzor University taught by teacher Yesayi Nshetsi. It was in the miniature school of the writing center adjacent to the University that he made his first illustrations.

Toros Roslin

New look to the traditional topics, emphasized drama and psychological tenseness of images, expressiveness of feelings and a unique palette. These are the characteristic features of the art of Toros Roslin – the highest peak of Cilician school of miniature.
The date of birth of the well-known miniaturist who lived and worked in Hromkla, is around 20-ies of the 13th century, and the date of death is unknown. He was the student of his famous coevals, Kirakos and Hovhannes.

Sargis Pitsak

Sargis Pitsak is one of the fundamental representatives of the Armenian book art. His mastery of artistic language is unsurpassable. Due to his images with the power of symbol the Bible and the ritual literature became closer and understandable to the reader, and the unlearned believer was able to communicate to the sacraments of the Scriptures merely for his pictures.
The birth and death dates of the miniuaturist are unknown. All we know is that he lived and created in the 14th century, in the renowned centers of Cilician Armenia.



Momik is one of the three famous representatives of Gladzor school of miniature. He was born in Vayots Dzor, most likely in the end of 60-ies of 13th century. He lived and created in Syunik. He spent his life in Vayots Dzor, and had children and grandchildren. The biography of Momik Vardpet has been interwoven with lovely legends. Miniature, cross-stone making, architecture: the gifted Vardpet made everything he touched beautiful and blossom; he gave spirit to the manucript and stone, enlivened and magnified the architectural structure passing it to the generations as a stone-made prayer.

Manuel the Architect

Architecture, sculpture, painting: magnificent cathedrals, royal palaces and castles all created through the combination of all arts. 10th Century, political and spiritual uplift and the symbol of that uplift producing Vostan Avan in Aghtamar, Holy Cross Church and a name eternalised forever across centuries – Manuel the Architect.
Manuel the Architect is assumed to be born at the end of 9th century and lived till mid 10th century. The exact birth and death dates of the master is unknown. What is known, is that Manuel used to be the chief architect of the House of Artsrunis and afterwards of the King, and that he built majestic buildings in Vaspurakan at the request of and funded by Artsrunis.
The sequential program of the series “Church and Art” is dedicated to the life and work of architect, painter and sculptor Manuel of 10th century.


Green Hospitality

WCC Inter-Church Round Table Foundation in Armenia, in cooperation with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation is implementing a complex programme called “Green Pilgrimage”. The programme also includes the initiative “Green Hospitality”; a centre of hospitality was established in Etchmiadzin to offer accessible, healthy and traditional food to tourists.

Never-ending Avarayr

Priests of the Mother See, Rev. Father Shahe Ananyan and Father Vardan Navasardyan, present the sacrament of the Battle of Vartanantz and Avarayr across the evolution of times. What was the task of Avarayr in the 5th century and thereafter? What were the values to inspire the soldiers of Vartan? Do we now experience issues in respect to conscious existence of nation, preservation of statehood, as well as bringing up the generations with these values?