Stone Alphabet (Ashtarak)

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One sometimes gets the feeling, that there are no secrets anymore and no insider-information to be shared. The Internet left us with no doubts and lack of knowledge. But still there are some lomo-locations, that are truly mysterious and barely to be found otherwise. There is a spot in Armenia, which I passed by on a recent trip. It is situated around a city called Astarak, directly aside to the highway leading to the capital Yerevan.

One sometimes gets the feeling, that there are no secrets anymore and no insider-information to be shared. The Internet left us with no doubts and lack of knowledge. But still there are some lomo-locations, that are truly mysterious and barely to be found otherwise. There is a spot in Armenia, which I passed by on a recent trip. It is situated around a city called Astarak, directly aside to the highway leading to the capital Yerevan.

There was no plan to go there but the sudden encounter with it really made my day. Words have great meaning to me and I guess to most others. So why not celebrate the letters, that create words. What I like about foreign languages as well, is, that their special Sounds and letters are often very graphic, more in the sense of a picture than as a sound. And that makes it kind of Art or Graffiti, therefore the field of letters is one of a kind street art.

The Armenian Alphabet gains much significance through the fact that Armenia was the first country to establish Christianity as state-religion in 301 a.D. Adjacently they found a special branch of the Armenian church and therefore the Armenian bible was one of the first not to be in Latin but in the native tongue. The first traces of the Armenian Alphabet were found in Documents from the early fifth century. Looking at the letter of the field this all gives some spiritual attitude to the scene. It provokes Doubles with the LC-A+ and hence the weather often is on the good side, too, everything just fits the mood.

So now back to the beginning and the question of secrets and myths. Once we left the place I already forgot about the directions and where it was at. No wonder, I was just introduced to the country and the roads were unknown for me. I relied on my research in the net, but that wasn’t that smart. The Internet is not so well developed in Armenia and I found maybe two pages, after weeks of research, that referred to this site. What I know, that is was just build in the beginning of our century to commemorate the Armenian History and to be proud of something. There is also the plan to create an open-air library in the field. With the texts and poems of the greatest Armenian poets. Very good idea, I think. To find the spot you must eat a lot of kilometers by car. Better grab one in Ashtarak and go and go and go!

Links: http://www.armtown.com/news/en/azg/20050602/2005060205/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_alphabet

written by wil6ka on 2008-08-06 in #world #locations #history #culture #ashtarak #blue

One Comment

  1. eagleye_slives
    eagleye_slives ·

    nice one!
    thank you for this tip..a place to visit for shure!!

    love&light

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