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St. Gevorg Church (Mughni)

St. Gevorg Church (Mughni)

It bears the name of Saint George-“Slayer of Dragons”. The architectural technique is unique with…

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St. Gayaneh Church

St. Gayaneh Church

Saint Gayane was built in Vagharshapat town. The 10th-century Armenian historian Catholicos H.Draskhankertsi states, that…

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Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life of Gyumri

Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life of Gyumri

Officially Dzitoghtsyan House-Museum of Social Life and National Architecture is a museum in Gyumri, Armenia.

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Portakar

Portakar ("Navel stone") is found 12 km South-East of Sisian city. It is a cone-shaped projection, which framed on the smooth rough territory (around a couple sq. km) of the top part of the cave. In national convictions, for millenniums, people thought it was the focal point of the world, where people originated. Portakar was considered as the symbol of reproduction, fertility and parenthood. (in all probability it was associated with cult of goddess Anahit – goddess of richness and parenthood in Armenian pantheon).

According to the tradition, barren ladies held certain ceremonies here, after which touching the stone with the navel, they turned round looking forward to being cured. Women making this kind of pilgrimage were recovering psychologically.

 

 

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