Restoring Ani: Armenian specialists expect to be part of Turkey-led efforts for ancient Armenian capital

GAYANE ABRAHAMYAN ArmeniaNow reporter  16/11/2012 The first stage of restoration works of Armenia’s most beautiful ancient capital Ani in modern-day Turkey (Western Armenia) has been completed, but the issue of Armenian experts’ participation in the three-year restoration project of Ani’s four churches is yet unresolved. For several years now Turkish press has been trumpeting that the Turkish government is ...

Malatya: Post-Armenian life in modern Turkey’s once Armenian city

Modern Turkey’s southeastern city of Malatya

By GAYANE MKRTCHYAN ArmeniaNow reporter 30/5/2012 Armenian brothers Arman and Murad, who live in Turkey’s southeastern city of Malatya, open the doors of the 250-year-old Armenian Holy Trinity (Tashhoron) Church in the city’s Cavusoglu district and invite in the group of visiting Armenian and Turkish journalists. The church that once saw liturgies and was filled with the fragrance of ...

Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Turkish-Armenians face the challenges of status and identity

“You are happy, you have Ararat,” says Istanbul-based Armenian Janet Petrosoglu

By GAYANE ABRAHAMYAN ArmeniaNow reporter 14/12/2011 After visiting Armenia, Istanbul-Armenian Janet Petrosoglu felt the controversy of her national identity issues even stronger than before, against her prior expectation of finding some relief. “In Armenia I felt that I would keep on living with an internal split. Turkish-Armenians are identified with Turks here; and we are still confined to ...

Erasing traces of Armenian presence: Turkey accused of misrepresenting history of Monuments

By GAYANE ABRAHAMYAN ArmeniaNow reporter 01.06.11 Armenian experts are warning that in Turkey almost everywhere panels telling about Armenian monuments present distorted information, which shows a consistent attempt by Turks to erase Armenian traces inside what now is within the borders of their state. “While generally signs and notices placed near monuments are designed to inform tourists, in ...

Armenian historian blames Georgian authorities for ‘privatizing’ Churches

15/7/2010 Identity crisis?: Armenian historian blames Georgian authorities for ‘privatizing’ churches By GAYANE ABRAHAMYAN ArmeniaNow reporter An Armenian historian and researcher has warned that another Armenian church in Georgia is being Georgianized – St. Gevorg of Mughni Church in Tbilisi, which collapsed last year, and which is currently being reconstructed through the efforts of Georgian authorities, now is proclaimed ...