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Armenian Culture

Armenia – a country with a great past.
The roots of the Armenian national culture goes back to centuries, to paganism.
The country is situated between East and West and therefore it was a place of interest  of Rome, Byzantium, Iran, Arabs, Mongols, Seljuks. Thus the features of Eastern and Western civilizations are intertwined in the national culture of the mountain country.

Armenia is one of the countries that first got Christianity.

Religion influenced on the nature of architecture, art and music. Important role in the history of the development of Armenian culture has played the creation of 405 Mesrop Mashtots Armenian alphabets.
Aystan – Karastan – the so-called Armenian homeland – Armenia – a country of rock. It was mountain landscape influenced on features of its architecture. Churches are decorated with amazing stone carving and the decorations of Armenian churches are modest.
When we speak of the Armenian culture not to mention its many Khachkars – stone steles with carved cross product pictures. Khachkars can be found anywhere in the country, each of them is unique in its pattern. Khachkar word formed by two Armenian words, "Hach" – the cross and the "car" – a stone. Varpety, the people who create these sculptures, each Khachkars embody the spirit of the Armenian people and all the theology of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The oldest Khachkar – it noraduzkogo cemetery dating from VII century.
The spirit of the Armenian people comes from weaving, pottery, weaving, jewelry techniques, skill gold and silver case.
His original sound and melody Armenian music cannot be confused with the other. And this is achieved by national, folk instruments.

Since ancient times Armenians filled singing.

Listening to old folk songs: ritual, labor, military, you understand everyday life of the Armenian people.
Particularly fruitful is the music of XX century, it is undermined not only in Armenia, but the entire world famous Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, Mikael Tariverdiev and Arno Babajanyan.
In the list of UNESCO there are the greatest monuments Haghpat and Senain, Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Monastery Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley.
Theater art in Armenia existed before our era, even Armenian king Artavazd II set tragedies of the stage. In 1912 he opened the largest dramatic theater.

Armenian folklore is rich and full of different items.

Interesting is that it is based on the ancient myths about Gods and epic tales of kings.
Armenian Dances are of three types: ritual, religion, everyday.
Watching the dance you feel that a dancer expresses national identity, the nature of the people, especially the inner world of nature and life.
This is a brief description of the Armenian culture but to understand it and get unforgettable pleasure you have to stay and feel yourself!