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Armenia, 2010

Post by polardude1 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:18 am

Armenian Genocide Museum
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Khor Vrap Monastary with Mt Ararat in the background
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Old Soviet build housing
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Geghard Monastary
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Khnderesk cave city
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Tatev Monastary
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Looking towards Iranian border
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Norvank Church
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800 year old Jewish cemetary
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Haghpat Monastary
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Alaverdi (old industrial town)
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Re: Armenia, 2010

Post by pezworld » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:09 pm

Gorgeous!
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Re: Armenia, 2010

Post by northern_goddess » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:10 pm

Great pictures.
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Re: Armenia, 2010

Post by Logg » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:35 pm

Interesting. Thanks for posting these. It gives a feeling of a culture that has had to cling to the mountaintops and hillsides to survive over the centuries. Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, and these shots seem to say a lot about the hardships of the Armenian people.

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Post by polardude1 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:51 pm

Since the collapse of the Soviet Uniot, Armenia has not had muhc in the way of economic devepment, expecially in the rural areas. I saw tons of shuddered factories. oO course a war with Azerbijan did not help matters. There re only 2 land borders open,, with Georgia and with iran. The country is largely supported by Armenian diapora. When you see fancy cars in Yerevan, more than likely tey are owned by Armeniasn who moved there for abroad.

One interesting thing I found out when researching the trip . Armenia has a "Birthright" program similar to one israel has. it's designed to aquaint diaspora Armenians with their homeland.

My first stop was the genocide museum and memorial it was heart wrenching. i read Armenian Golgotha
By Grigoris Balakian when i got home, an eye witness account of events
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Post by Logg » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:13 pm

polardude1 wrote:Since the collapse of the Soviet Uniot, Armenia has not had muhc in the way of economic devepment, expecially in the rural areas. I saw tons of shuddered factories. oO course a war with Azerbijan did not help matters. There re only 2 land borders open,, with Georgia and with iran. The country is largely supported by Armenian diapora. When you see fancy cars in Yerevan, more than likely tey are owned by Armeniasn who moved there for abroad.

One interesting thing I found out when researching the trip . Armenia has a "Birthright" program similar to one israel has. it's designed to aquaint diaspora Armenians with their homeland.

My first stop was the genocide museum and memorial it was heart wrenching. i read Armenian Golgotha
By Grigoris Balakian when i got home, an eye witness account of events


Yeah, it's weird that all these people are saying "great photos" "beautiful!". I see a place of hardship and tragedy, especially if you're at all familiar with their history.

The Armenian diaspora are very culturally aware. Best of luck to them in helping Armenia get on its feet.

AFAIK, after the genocide by the Turks and the subsequent Soviet oppression, the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem became their de facto "homeland in exile". It was the only place they could keep their sacred objects, documents, and cultural treasures, as well as be a safe haven for their exiled community leaders.

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Post by polardude1 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:24 pm

the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem became their de facto "homeland in exile"

i've been throgh there many a time. The next tiome i go thorgh, which copuld be tis November, it wil have speacial meaning.

I felt very strong paralles between the Armenian experience and jewish experience, 2 people pushed around for ages and finally experiencing a national awakening through a newly established homeland. The need investment, real investment. I saw how they pride themselves in education when watching a city wide high schoo gradualtion celebration in Yerevan's Republic Sq.
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Post by soda 3.0 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:26 pm

Nice pics - brings back a few memories.

Particularly the one of alaverdi, where I had a huge argument with a taxi driver about how much we'd agree I'd pay to go to both of the monasteries up above the town, presumably from where your pic was taken. Amazing place, but my main memory is of the argument!
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Post by polardude1 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:48 pm

The photo was taken above Alaverdi while on the cable car. I walked from my home stay to Sanahin Monastary and took a shared taxi to the other. The home stay was in a Soviet style apt. The level of comfort ter e drove to to stay in a nice hote in Tblisi the next night
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Re: Armenia, 2010

Post by Lost Soul » Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:35 am

Thanks, polar.

I've never been there but will get there eventually.

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Post by polardude1 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:30 am

The first Christian nation on earth, surviving in a brutal neighborhood

301AD . The story behind it is very interesting. It got its start under the shadow of Mt Ararat

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khor_Virap.

Amenia was a real mystery to me, but I saw many small parallels between Armenians and Jews and Armenia and Israel. 2 ancient cultures with restored national sovereignty
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Post by Lime_Pickle » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:38 am

Thanks for this, Polar - and thanks Lost Soul for pointing me towards it. I'm doing a short trip there in mid August.
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Post by simon_in_exile » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:11 pm

Can anyone here see the imageshack photos in polar’s OP? They’re not showing up for me.
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Post by Lincoln » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:00 pm

not me either..

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Re: Armenia, 2010

Post by VinnyD » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:04 pm

iIt may have to do with the OP being seven years old. I can't see them.

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Post by Lost Soul » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:21 am

Image Shack started charging fees somewhere between Lime and Simon.
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Re: Armenia, 2010

Post by simon_in_exile » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:01 am

Ah, that’s annoying. I remember seeing the photos a while back, but now I’m planning a short trip to Armenia and Georgia and wanted some inspiration.

I’ll post a separate OP soon.
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