Archive for November, 2011
The latest in the series of Bluebird Research maps showing the location of Armenian communities across the Middle East is for Lebanon. This shows places of worship for all three Armenian confessions – Armenian Apostolic, Armenian Catholic and Armenian Evangelical (or Protestant). As well as identifying the churches, in addition the settlements and districts with a significant Armenian population are also displayed.
Click here to open the Armenian communities of Lebanon Google Map.
Bluebird Research has created a Google Map showing the location of the Armenian communities and places of worship in Syria.
The Armenian population of modern Syria is concentrated in Aleppo (Armenian Haleb) and in a long line of settlements just south of the Turkish border, stretching from Kesab and its satellite villages above the Mediterranean Sea, east along the frontier to Derik (or Al Malikiyah).
A screenshot of the Google Map is given below, showing the sites of Armenian interest in Aleppo – the main Armenian quarter is in Midan, at the top of the screenshot:
The 1950s map extract below shows the Armenian quarter in Midan, again at the top of the image. The “Armenian Church” shown in the bottom-left corner is an Armenian Catholic church; below the “Greek Church” and “Saliba” (the name of the neighbourhood, from the Syriac word for “the Cross”), is a church symbol which represents, without naming, the Armenian Apostolic church dedicated to Surp Karasnitz Mangants Mayr Yegeghetsi (Church of the Forty Martyrs).
Hagop Goudsouzian is a Canadian-Armenian documentary film-maker and two of his works are of particular value to Armenians in diaspora interested in family history and questions of identity.
The first is Armenian Exile, instalment one of a three-part work-in-progress. You can read about (and, if interested, order a copy on DVD) here.
The second part of Goudsouzian’s trilogy is My Son Shall Be Armenian, which is available to view online or to purchase on DVD at the National Film Board of Canada website.
The final part of the trilogy is due out soon.