Yerevan, AREG Publishing House, 2016, 128 pages
How does this book differ from a number of similar publications?
This book seeks to present the works of the best photographers of Armenia and the Diaspora. Its objective is to present Armenia in a new light, from a new vantage point and “position.” All the photographs are accompanied by brief and factual information, making it a comprehensive collection. The most important element is that along with breathtaking landscapes and picturesque vistas of Armenia, we have included photos that are usually excluded, and some of them have their honourable place in the most prestigious museums in the world (stone crosses, miniatures, expositions), native flora and fauna, etc., so that the foreigner will have a complete picture about our wonderful country, to present nature with all its colours.
Hrair Hawk Khatcherian
The Tatev Monastery is one of the masterpieces of medieval Armenian architecture. The choice of location of the monastery gives to it its architectural meaning — the steep wild gorges on three sides and the divine nature of the environment give the monastery complex a special charm. There are three churches in the complex: St. Grigor Lusavorich/Gregory Illuminator Church (9th century), Poghos-Petros/ Paul-Peter Church (10th century) and St. Astvatsatsin Church (11th century). The awe-inspiring decorative reliefs of the complex and the eight metre high memorial pillar (904 A.D.), which is a rare architectural structure, has resisted numerous earthquakes and yet sways with even the slightest touch of a human hand.
In the 14th century, the monastery was a large spiritual, scientific and cultural centre of Armenia. The famous University of Tatev functioned here, where well known scientists and theologians of that period, Grigor Tatevatsi, Hovhannes Vorotnetsi as well as acclaimed philosophers, musicians, painters and writers taught.