The Armenian Architecture

L'Architecture est un art majeur qui permet de transmettre l'esprit d'un peuple, ses aspirations, son histoire, ses connaissances. Les tracés en plan et les volumes sont déterminés non pas tant par des contraintes techniques mais bien plus souvent par des motivations religieuses et symboliques.


Published studies

L'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Zürich a conduit une étude de grande qualité et a publié un ouvrage sous le titre "Armenien" [D].


Churches Models

A la suite de ce projet, Diran Chakelian a préparé des boîtes de construction pour faire des modèles d'églises avec des blocs de bois.

Armenian monasteries in Iran added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List

July 6, 2008 | UNESCO | r.amelan at

Fortified Armenian monasteries in Iran were added to the new sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 6 July.

The Armenian Monastic Ensembles in Iran, in the north-east of the country, consists of three monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christian faith: St Thaddeus and St Stepanos and the Chapel of Dzordzor. These edifices - the oldest of which, St Thaddeus, dates back to the 7th century – are examples of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions. They bear testimony to very important interchanges with the other regional cultures, in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox and Persian. Situated on the south-eastern fringe of the main zone of the Armenian cultural space, the monasteries constituted a major centre for the dissemination of that culture into Azerbayjan and Persia. They are the last regional remains of this culture that are still in a satisfactory state of integrity and authenticity. Furthermore, as places of pilgrimage, the monastic ensembles are living witnesses of Armenian religious traditions through the centuries.

This is the fourth cultural site to be added onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List since the start of the current session of the World Heritage Committee today. The three properties inscribed earlier today were: Le Morne Cultural Landscape in Mauritius, The Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih) in Saudi Arabia, and the Fujian Tulou in China.


Appeal for the Norashen Armenian church (Tbilisi)

«Yerkir» Union Appeals to the International Community to take immediate measures for solving all ethnic minority rights issues in Georgia and facilitating the return of the Norashen Armenian Church to its legitimate owner.


Alarmed on the recent developments around the Norashen Armenian church in Tbilisi, Georgia, «Yerkir» Union has prepared an appeal addressed to the international community. As published on our forum, the letters containing this appeal were delivered on May 29, 2008 to the state bodies of Georgia (President, Prime Minister, Chairman of the Parliament, State Minister for the Reintegration Issues, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education and Science, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Culture, Monument Protection and Sport), Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, human rights defender of Georgia, embassies of European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Swiss Confederation, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican, representations of the Council of Europe in Georgia, United Nations, OSCE, human rights organizations and NGO’s operating in Georgia. Below is the full text of the appeal.