The Dilijan Geological Museum-Gallery gives a complete picture of the history of Dilijan, the historical development of the locals, and their life. The first excavations in Armenia took place in the 1850s in a place called Redkin-Lager. The name of the place comes from the name of the road builder, engineer Redkin, who set up his camp 6 km north of Dilijan on the right bank of the Aghstev River. They had to build a road between Armenia and Georgia, but it turned out that the road was going to pass through the mausoleum. That is why the tombs are opened, the first archeological excavations are carried out. The whole collection is excavated from the surrounding areas of Dilijan. It dates from the third to the first millennium BC, the era of the Late Copper Early Iron Age.
The Dilijan Geological Museum is also of special importance, as are the rare paintings preserved here. The museum houses the originals of Hovhannes Aivazovsky, Gorg Bashinjaghyan, Vardges Surenyants, Panos Terlemezyan, Edgar Shahinyan. Here are also some works of Dutch, Italian and French artists of XVI-XVIII centuries. After the tour, a master class in art printing was waiting for me. It’s crazy, I tried linotype for the first time. Each of the 5 selected samples is symbolically connected with the history of the city. Lace, cinematographers, composers, Diljan curves, excess․․․․ And in the end it will be given to you as a gift.
DILIJAN LOCAL LORE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY:
Tel. +374 268 244 51 Arman Badeyan
WHAT TO EXPECT?
We are not very far from the museum, on the first floor of a small building next door, the Boudoir Art Studio will open its doors to you with museum-inspired ornaments.
Some historical data characterizing Armenia as a mining center:
- According to the ancient Greek authors Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Euripides and others, copper, silver and iron were first discovered in Armenia and exported to other countries.
- The world’s greatest archaeologists Frankfurt, Jacques de Morgan, Woolley and others, studying the metallurgical specimens of the Aegean Islands, the northeastern regions of Asia Minor, and northern Persia, come to the conclusion that Armenia is one of the cradles of metallurgy.
- According to Gordon Chaide, an English scientist and current Indian archaeologist Dixit, the first discoverers of iron smelting were the Armenian mountaineers, and the epicenter of the Iron Age revolution was the mountains of Armenia.
- All the above-mentioned scientists emphasize that Armenia has always supplied metals to the Assyrian-Babylonian world, Egypt, India and Marastan. Major Russian scientists, specialists in the history of metallurgy claim that in BC. In the III-II millennia, Armenian metal was supplied to many Eastern European countries.
Tel. +374 96 27 04 82, Arman Badeyan and Margarita Malkhasyan
A PIECE OF COLOR
The next impressive place I suggest to visit is “ARMENECOOP”, a women’s social enterprise founded by the “Dilijan Youth Cooperation Center” NGO, where there is a real color fireworks in the form of a cloth. Here you choose the preferred color .
The goal of the first Made in Dilijan product was to create local souvenirs that could be used in everyday life.
A part of the modern revival of the craft… I chose the printing of Old Dilijan, and very soon the bag became an integral part of the Tavush journey. It is very comfortable, you will find a small pocket inside the bag, it is designed for coins and phones. I’m in a hurry to reach Ijevan. We start the day early. In the morning I am going to discover the Ijevan massif with the local guide Vahe Mailyan. During the trip, interact a lot with local guides, because only they can show you the unique and unique sights that are typical of the place.
Tel. +374 60 65 15 00, +374 77 77 25 05, Arthur Ghazaryan
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Mountains are amazing places. on the one hand, here you test your strength, train your will, learn to feel nature, on the other hand, snowy peaks soaring to the sky, the noise of disobedient rivers and waterfalls, the pungent smell of herbs, the sky, the combination of all this creates a unique harmony and beauty, restoring peace .
At the top is a unique atmosphere of lightness and happiness. Being in this pure corner, you can hear your own inner voice, feel the flight, discover a piece of yourself. It is impossible to look away. We are in the Ijevan mountain range, above Kamut.
By the way, Vahe is a 4th generation carpenter, if you want you can visit the workshop after the trip, he will help you make beautiful wooden things.
MAYILYAN TOUR AND WOODCARVING:
Tel. +374 93 02 29 21, Vahe Mailyan
IT IS INTERESTING!
After the hike, I was hosted in the center of the “Telik” social-cultural NGO. Here aromatic warming tea and an acquaintance with handmade handicrafts with a unique Armenian shula method were waiting for me. Hasmik said that there was a very famous carpet factory in Ijevan during the Soviet period, but unfortunately it does not work today.
I found out that shulal is an Armenian carpet technique used in the Tavush region. In contrast to the carpet, the shulal is more difficult to operate, the master must have a lot of experience in operating it. In history, many Armenian carpet weavers mastered this technique from an early age to get usable items: it is a stronger fabric.
Tel. +374 98 56 01 18, Hasmik Margaryan
This article was created as part of the My Armenia program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Smithsonian Institution. The contents of this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, the Smithsonian Institution or the US Government.