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Armenia

Armenia is located in the Caucasus region in Northern Eurasia.  Historical Armenia lies between the Taurus mountains and Caucasus, embracing the three lakes of; Urmia (now in Iran), Van (now in Turkey), and Sevan.  Today, the country is a mere fraction of its former self and shares its borders with Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey. 

 

Armenia has a long history and an ancient culture.   Known as the first country to officially adopt Christianity in 301AD and with a literary heritage that began shortly after in 405AD, Armenia has a strong sense of national identity, not least because its territory has changed consistently and considerably throughout the centuries.  Due to its geographical position as the crossroads of continents, it has been subject to constant attacks, wars, conquests, deportations, partition and most recently the horrific  genocide of (1895-1920) where around two million Armenians were deported from their homeland by the Turkish government around 1915.  Most perished on the tortuous journey through the desert and survivors ended up in Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and thence spread throughout the world creating the diaspora.

 

With the genocide barely at an end in 1922 Armenia was incorporated into the USSR and thus it remained until the collapse of the Soviet Union and the proclamation of Armenia's independence in 1991.

 

Armenian Culture & Dance

With its turbulent past, unusual experiences and multitude of influences, Armenian culture has developed unique styles and sounds...

 

The soviet Era, with all its problems also gave Armenia the opportunity to develop its arts.  During this period Armenian dance was collected and refined to capture the essence and moods of various regions and styles.

 

 

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