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Historic Armenia After 100 Years
Author Matthew Karanian
Publication Year 2015
Publisher Stone Garden Press
Language English
Category Travel & Tourism, Education & Reference

'Historic Armenia After 100 Years,' First Guide to Western Armenia, to be Released in February

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 | Posted by Matthew Karanian

The groundbreaking new book 'Historic Armenia After 100 Years: Ani, Kars, and the Six Provinces of Western Armenia' will be released by the Stone Garden Press on February 15, 2015.

This new book by author Matthew Karanian is the first-ever guide to cultural sites of the vast and ancient Armenian homeland that is located in today's Turkey. The book features all six Armenian provinces of Western Armenia, as well as the Eastern Armenian region of Ani and Kars.

'Historic Armenia' is lavishly illustrated with 125 color photographs and maps. In many cases, historic images from 100 years ago are included. These images illustrate the once magnificent condition of some of the Armenian churches, monasteries, and towns that are now either in ruins or that were razed after 1915.

The text describes the history and culture of the Armenian monuments and artifacts that are still present in Ani and Kars, and in the six Armenian provinces of Van, Erzerum, Kharpert, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, and Sebastia. Many important smaller towns are featured, including Sasoon, Gurun, Chunkush, Palu, Zara, Mush, Erzincan, and Egin.

The book also includes essays about the hidden Armenians of Western Armenia, and includes a Foreword by the journalist and genocide scholar Khatchig Mouradian.

'Historic Armenia' is 176 pages and measures 8 x 10.5 inches. The book is intended both for display on coffee tables, and also for use while traveling. Karanian is also the author of the best-selling book 'Armenia and Karabakh: The Stone Garden Travel Guide.'

'Historic Armenia' has a list price of $39.95 and is now available for the pre-publication price of only $35 (post paid to US addresses) now through February 15. Canadian orders are USD $55 postpaid now through February 15.

Check to Stone Garden Productions; PO Box 7758; Northridge, California 91327. Orders will be shipped between February 1 and February 15. To pay by credit card, request an invoice by email from: Bedros@StoneGardenProductions.com


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Karanian Seeks to Elevate Western Armenia in Consciousness of Armenians with New Book

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 | Posted by Matthew Karanian

Two Armenian clerics, including the Acting Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul, officiate at the annual Badarak at Soorp Khatch, on the island of Aghtamar, on Lake Van. Photo (c) 2014 Matthew Karanian, Reprinted with Permission.

One hundred years after the Medz Yeghern, the Armenian homeland remains unknown to many Armenians and non-Armenians alike. The new book 'Historic Armenia After 100 Years' by Matthew Karanian (Stone Garden Press, Pub. February 15, 2015) seeks to change this.

There are many reasons that the Armenian homeland has remained off the map for travelers during the past century. The descendants of the Armenians who survived the Medz Yeghern--the Great Crime, the Armenian Genocide--often choose not to return to their homeland because the memories that they received from their ancestors are so painful.

Others choose not to visit historic Armenia because they believe that their presence there will provide economic support to the people who have wrongfully displaced the native Armenians.

Still others, Armenians and non-Armenians alike, do not travel to historic Armenia because no one has articulated for them a compelling reason to visit. What is there left to learn about, or see, in the Armenian homeland? Hasn't everything been destroyed?

The Medz Yeghern began in 1915 and terminated the 3,000-year history of Armenians in their historic homeland. During the past 100 years, the population of Armenians in the land of historic Armenia has been almost completely eliminated.

During the one hundred years since 1915, most of the cultural monuments of the Armenian nation in historic Western Armenia have been eliminated, as well. Churches and monasteries have been bombed, khatchkars have been bulldozed, frescoes have been whitewashed.

But there is still much that remains. Armenian monuments have survived in every region, and are in abundance in places such as Ani and Van. Armenian churches still function in places such as Kesaria (Kayseri) and Diyarbakir. In time, additional churches may be returned to the Armenians. Everything has not been destroyed.

By traveling to historic Armenia, visitors signal their interest in these surviving monuments, and in Armenian culture and history. The current custodians of Armenian monuments may therefore conclude that an ancient church is more valuable as a tourist destination than as quarry material for, say, a barn.

These are some of the logical and rational reasons for visiting historic Armenia. But the most compelling reason for visiting has nothing to do with either.

Armenians should visit historic Armenia because it is their homeland. No other reason is necessary.

And non-Armenians should visit to celebrate the culture of the world's first Christian state, in a region that is as holy as the Holy Land.

'Historic Armenia After 100 Years' introduces the reader, region by region, to the sites of historic Armenia that exist today, and that are worth finding, viewing, and enjoying. The sites that are included are the primary sites that should be on your itinerary.

For the pilgrim who is unable to travel to historic Armenia, this book is an alternative to making the journey.

The Armenian Genocide began in 1915, and after one hundred years, it is appropriate to reflect upon all that has been lost in one century. But we should also celebrate, and rally to support, all that still remains. Because whether we witness the passage of one hundred years, or another thousand, this will always be our homeland.

Adapted from 'Historic Armenia After 100 Years,' (Stone Garden Press, $39.95, Pub. Feb. 2015) by Matthew Karanian. Pre-order now for $35 postpaid in the US from: Stone Garden Productions; PO Box 7758; Northridge, CA 91327 or pay with credit card by requesting an invoice from Bedros@StoneGardenProductions.com


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