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Urartu - Van

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A Redoubtable Foe

One of the great chapters in the history of Armenia is the epic of the monarchy which the Assyrians called Urartu but which was known to the Hebrews as Ararat. Herodotus called its people Alarodians. Urartu is regarded by history today as one of the earlier incarnations of Armenia. In Urartu was manifest not only the indomitable fighting spirit of the later Armenians, but also the same tendency towards development of a higher culture. As a noted authority, H. A. B. Lynch, remarks, Urartu was "no obscure dynasty which slept secure behind the mountains, but a splendid monarchy which for more than two centuries rivalled the claims of Assyria to the dominion of the ancient world."Urartu, 

Armenian boys recruited to fight for Islam - Janissaries (Yanichars)

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Sultan Murad IIt was Sultan Murad (Murat) I (1359-1389) during the latter part of the Fourteenth century who transformed the Turkish army from mere plunderers into a regimented military organization. To bolster his army's strength Murad initiated a program to recruit young boys from Armenian and Greek families and developed them into a well trained, highly disciplined and coordinated militia and called it Janissaries (new soldiers).  

Each Armenian family was required to give its brightest son to be enlisted as a Janissary for the services of the Sultan, similar to the conscription of the Memluks from the Caucasus centuries earlier. The Janissaries were brought up as Moslems imbued with an unquestioned loyalty to the Sultan and became members of a privileged military elite. As fighters by avocation they lived their lives with uncompromising devotion to the cause of Islam. In times of peace they kept order and guarded the imperial palaces. In times of war their ferocious brutality proved to be vital for the conduct of the war.

HOVHANNES AIVAZOVSKY (AIVAZYAN) - Ivan Aivazovsky - Հովհաննես Այվազովսկի

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Hovhannes Aivazovsky (Ayvazyan) - Famous Armenian painter who knew the sea and loved it sincerely.

Hovhannes Aivazovsky (Ayvazyan) Hovhannes Aivazovsky (Ayvazyan) Aivazovsky was born on 17 July 1817 (29 July New Style) in the city of Theodosia in the Crimea (There was a big Armenian colony). His father  was well-educated man. Hecalled himself Haivazosky.

Drawing ability of young Aivazovsky attracted the attention of A. Kaznacheyev, the town-governor, who helped Aivazovsky to enter the high school at Simferopol and in 1833, the St Petersburg Academy of Arts.At the age of twenty he graduated from the Art Academy of St. Petersburg with a gold medal.  At the age of 25 he have already gained international fame.

Kingdom of Syunik

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Kingdom of SyunikThe Kingdom of Syunik (Սյունիքի թագավորություն), was one of the medieval Armenian kingdoms. It was located on the territory of Syunik, Artsakh, Gardman and Gegharkunik. Contemporary sources referred to it as the Khachen. The royal house of Artsakh was a cadet branch of the ancient Syunid dynasty and was named Khachen, after its main stronghold. The kingdom emerged when Hovhannes-Senekerim acquired the royal title in 1000.

The kingdom was under the protectorate of the Bagratuni kings of Armenia.

Kessab Hit by Rocket Fire from Turkey

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kessab smoke 1ALEPPO—At 3:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday Kessab was hit by two GRAD missiles rattling the residents of the mainly Armenian-populated city in Syria, reported the executive editor of Gandzasar newspaper Zarmig Boghigian.

The rocket fire came from the direction of the Turkish border, according to Boghigian. One of the rockets landed a 55 yards from the Kessab mosque, while the other landed on the street behind the Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical Church in the city.

The rocket fire caused heavy damage with one reported injury reported. No fatalities were reported.

Kessab residents, especially children who were playing in their yard were severely shaken by the attack.