Catholic Armenians in Tbilisi

One thing I like about Georgia is its diversity. Even though over 80 percent of the population is ethnic Georgian — albeit with diversity even among themselves — ethnic Azeris, at 6.5 percent of the population. and ethnic Armenians, at 5.7 percent, are the two largest minority communities. [...] So, when Molly Corso, an American journalist based in Tbilisi and currently researching an article on Catholic Armenians in Georgia, sent out the following message I was naturally interested.

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A Pagan Vardavar

It’s probably Armenia’s best loved celebration for many, although not for others who perilously walk the streets of any village, town or city in the country only to get drenched by kids wielding buckets, waterpistols, and soft drink bottles filled with water. The name comes from “Vard,” which means “rose” in Armenian, and while considered a Christian holiday by the Armenian Apostolic Church, it’s origin is very much from before 301 AD when Armenia adopted the religion.

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Kond: Stepping Back in Time

It's one of my favorite places in Yerevan. It's also one of the poorest. For both reasons, walking through Kond is like stepping back in time. Located in the very heart of the capital it's also as if you've left Yerevan entirely. Indeed, when a National Geographical film crew filming a documentary on Christianity in Armenia said they wanted something 'biblical,' I could only take them to Kond.

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Portraits from the Shuka

Markets. I love them. Perfect for people watching. Perfect for portraits. Yerevan is no exception and the city's markets perhaps represent the population best, especially in a country where polarization on a socio-economic level is incredibly high. Alas, with news that one of Armenia's MPs is responsible for the destruction of Yerevan's most famous markets, the Pak Shuka (Covered Market) on the city's central Mashtots Avenue, perhaps that won't the case for much longer.

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Sisian, Armenia

As I was just going through my archive of images I found these images of Sisian, a small town in the Siunik region of Armenia. Probably it’s my favorite location in the country and not least during the Summer when temperatures are the coolest in the Armenia.

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