Random photos of Historic Armenia

Road to the Village of Tamzara…our favorite dance!
Children receive soccer ball near Abarank Monastery…Ed gave away 16 soccer balls to local children after an impromtu soccer game .
Green River in Amasya….spectacular views along the river
Hromgla, 12th c. Vank of Cathholicos Nerses Shnorhali
Anthony Bahian (Providence) with local children who confirmed
he was in his parents’ Village of Nekri near Palu
Local women greet Mary Ann near her paternal grandfather’s home in Yozgat
Entrance to Tekke Cami (mosque) in Yozgat. We knew Mary Ann’s father was born on Tekke Street in Yozgat and this was the clue to identifying this street where his home was found.
Singing Giligia in Lampron below King Levon’s fortress. Lampron is where when Ed’s mother ‘s family spent their summers in the mountains to escape the heat in Tarsus
Armenian Cathedral in Aintab (Gaziantep) …all access bricked in.
Dancing in the street with the local children in Hussenig
Khatchkars on mountain top near Abarank Monastery
Classic Armenian home in Veri Tagh (upper village)
of Kharpert where Ed’s grandparents lived.
Garmeer Vank (Red Church) near western side of Mt Ararat being used as a barn.
Statue of the famous Van Cats in Van…one blue eye,
one yellow eye, and they love to swim.
Many cities in Historic Armenia were famous for certain foods or products. This statue of a couple holding up apricots is found in Lalatya near Mis Mis Park (mis is the word for apricot)
The Van Fortress above the ancient City of Van and remains of Armenian Churches
St. Giragos Church, Dikranagerd (Dirabakir) , once largest Armenian Church in the world with seven altars. Rebuilt with the financial assistance of the Kurds in 2012 and once again destroyed.
Massive City walls of Dikranagerd
Soorp Khatch Cathedral on Aghtamar Island near Van
Close up of Soorp Khatch Church on Aghtamar Island near Van. Go to You Tube and search out “Lord’s Prayer Kazanjian” to find our Armenian American group singing the Hayr Mer in this church in 2010.
Mary Ann’s great, great, great, great grandfather Ohan Chorbaji Arslanian’s home in Yozgat which is now a museum furnished as it was in 1900.
Mason and Hamlin Organ made in Boston found in Arslanian home in Yozgat…
how ironic since Mary Ann is a church organist.
Jemal Kokman, our Kurdish driver, and Mary Ann at the Village well in Govdun
Ed and Mary Ann dancing by the Arax River (Ed’s mother was Araxie)
Mary Ann samples yelanchi being prepared for lunch at day school in Kilis. School was former home of the Chobanian Family.
Mary Ann’s father Badrig was born in Yozgat. This giant ceramic container in the main square proclaims Yozgat as one of the major producers of ceramics.
A map showing the route followed on our first trip to Historic Armenian in 2009
Abarank Monastery on mountain top near Goteh where several large khatchkars are located. Those khatchars became the cover of our second DVD.
Khatchkars on mountain top above Abarank Monastery. Our 2nd DVD cover photo. Pictured are: Edward Kazanjian, Monique Atamian (Grenoble), Mary Ann Kazanjian, and our guide, Armen Aroyan (California).
Mary Ann gathers soil and rocks in the former Armenian section of Kighi. She did this in every village bringing them home to give to dozens of acquaintances to place on parents or grandparents graves here in the USA.
On arrival in Istanbul’s Taksim Square we found this street sign on the side of our hotel as we exited our cab. Kazanjian means “son of a kazanci (coppersmith) or a large copper pot” it was one of many signs that we experienced during our journey.
Former home of the Dildilian Family in Samson. They were famous photographers and the now closed in roof area was once a clerestory bringing light into their studio. We searched and found this for Armen Mesrobian, Professor at Connecticut State University. Great grandson of the Dildilians who has a great collection of the glass negatives that they took when they fled in 1923.