ARMENIAN LANDMARKS

Armenia, called Hayastan in Armenian, is a crossroad of Eastern Europe and Western Asia  and in many ways an enigma: a strongly Christian country yet ruled for most of the last 2,000 years by outsiders who were not Christian; a country where the symbol of Mount Ararat is omnipresent even though the biblical mountain where Noah’s Ark grounded is now in Turkey.

The snapshots on display are depicting strong landmarks of this South Caucasus country: the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan; the Monastery of  Khor Virap (which lies near the turkish land border), Noravank and Geghard monasteries; the Holy See of Echmiadzin; the military barracks at the Armenia/Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic uncrossable land border (a landlocked exclave of the Republic of Azerbaijan).

Due to the two wars between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the past century – one from 1918 to 1921 and another from 1988 to 1994 – their relations, or the lack thereof have been shaped due to the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

There are no diplomatic relations between the two countries and they are still technically at war because of the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and dispute.