Interesting world around us (Sevan edition)

Tim Cahill told “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” So this time we are here in Lake Sevan, with our friends. Sevan is called Armenia’s blue-eyed beauty. It is one of the top tourist attractions you may not want to miss during your trip in Armenia.

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Sevan waters have many colorful transformations. From crystal clear azure on a breezy morning to mystic dark blue in a rainy evening but anyway Sevan is charming at every moment of the day. Refresh yourself in the cool waters of Sevan  and then lounge on the beach with a cocktail to idle away the tension of the urban life. Armenians do take pride in the beauty of Sevan and keep saying to foreigners: if you’re in Armenia and you haven’t seen Sevan, Garni and Geghard – then you haven’t seen anything. Truly, the Lake Sevan, this miraculous gem of the Armenian nature, is a must-see in Armenia.

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Lake Sevan in winter

Now I will you some facts about the lake. 

  1. The number of rivers which pour into the Lake Sevan reaches 30. However, there is only one lake which flows out from it. It is the river Hrazdan. 

2. The topic of the name of the Lake Sevan has always been a subject of wide discussions. Many people believe that the name of the lake Sevan is derived from the word “Sev” which means black in Armenian. They are pretty sure that Sevan is called this way because of the monastery, which was built from black tufa color. However, this conspiracy theory didn’t give enough ground, as the name Sevan is much older than the monastery. During its long existence history, the Lake Sevan was called in different ways. One of the mostly known was Geghama Sea, after the name of Geghama mountain chain surrounding it.

3. Lake Sevan monastery known as Sevanavank. It is a monastic complex built in 874 by Princess Mariam, who was the daughter of the king Ashot. The architecture of the church with the Lake Sevan as a background will take your breath away.

At the end I want to say the great words of Lin Yutang “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” So enjoy every moment and every event of your trip.

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Giovanni Bernini 

Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini was born in 1598 in Naples, Italy and he is one of the greatest artists of the Italian Baroque period. He was famous both for his sculptures and his architecture. His father Pierto was well known sculptor too. When he was about 7 years old, his father took him to Rome. There he saw the works of many famous artists. By the time he was 20, Bernini was a sculptor, carving statues out of marble. He had learnt a lot, not just how to carve marble, which he learnt from his father, but how to make figures that told stories like Carracci’s and Michelangelo’s and seemed to be alive, like Caravaggio’s. One of the most well-known sculptures of Bernini is Appolo and Daphne.

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Apollo and Daphne is a life-sized Baroque marble sculpture executed between 1622 and 1625. Housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the work depicts the climax of the story of Apollo and Daphne  in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.