Chinari Village

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Chinari (Arm: Չինարի), Tavush Marz

Continuing N, one reaches the village of Chinari (1165 p), visible from which to the NE is Khoranashat Vank* =90= (40 51.66n x 045 35.96e) of 1211-20, with a gavit of 1222. Khoranashat is built of bluish basalt. Because of occasional sniping incidents, it is advisable to check with villagers before visiting the monastery (bear right through the village, then follow the dirt road left and up). Per Dr. Robert Bedrosian, the 13th century Kirakos Gandaketsi studied here under one of Mkhitar Gosh's students, the historian Yovhannes Vanakan (d. 1251). "When the Khwarazmian sultan Jalal al-Din ravaged Khoranashat in 1225, Vanakan fled with his students to a nearby cave, near the village of Lorut, south of Tawush. He continued teaching there until 1236 when a Mongol army under Molar-noyin occupied Tawush. Both Vanakan and Kirakos were taken captive by the Mongols and kept as secretaries for several months. Eventually, Vanakan was ransomed by the Christians of Gag for eighty dahekans, and Kirakos escaped secretly the same night.". In the vicinity of Chinari there are reportedly shrines of the 13-17th c., and 1st millenium BC graves. At one time there was a large settlement around Khoranashat, which was surrounded with large fortification walls, with gates decorated with columns. There were numerous residences situated on an enclosed territoryas well as pavilions housing mineral springs.

Source: Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook

Benefactors' efforts united to help border village of Chinari

14:58, 13 May, 2013


YEREVAN, MAY 13, ARMENPRESS: The mission of helping the children of the border village of Chinari united the efforts of some benefactors. The packages with sweets and clothes for more than 160 children and toys and stationary for the Chinari school and kindergarten were transferred to the village on May 11. The initiative belongs to the journalist of Azg Daily Hasmik Harutyunyan and our compatriot benefactors living in the United States. The presented clothes and toys were taken to Chinari by the cars provided by the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan.

As reported by Armenpress, the clothes will be provided to the neediest families. The enthusiasm of the children of the border village of Chinari was boundless.

Notwithstanding the fact that the village is being regularly fired, and even the burial ceremonies have to be carried out at nights, the population of Chinari decided to make sowing this year to ease their burdens. By the way, it is worth mentioning that on May 11 as well the enemy fired shots in the direction of the village.

The village of Chinari, having 1256 people, is one of the border settlements of Tavush Marz, which needs serious care.


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