This was the name of the photo exhibition opened on February 3 in the "Museum of the History of Sofia", organized by the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Plovdiv and the Coordination Council of the Armenian organizations in our country. The exposition found its rightful place in the heart of the city thanks to the support of the Municipality of Sofia.


What is its history? In 2012, the honorary consul of Armenia in Plovdiv, Mr. Ehiyazar Uzunyan, organized a photo-plainer with two amateur photographers who have never seen Armenia - Milko Iliev and Hristo Dimitrov. And today, thanks to the work they did on the plainer, we are able to see Armenians as they are: retained their authentic culture and traditions, but modern and looking forward.
The pictures taken by the photographers reminded us that Armenia has a unique writing from the year 405, and that it was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its state religion. We admired the photos of the Patriarchal Cathedral of Etchmiadzin built in the year 303, the ancient rock monastery Guejar and the monastery complex Noravank / monuments protected by UNESCO /, the Matenadaran depository which preserved a huge amount of ancient manuscripts ... The admiration for the modern Yerevan, the charming capital of pink tuff, was not less.  Numerous parks and fountains, exotic markets, cozy cafes, streets filled with young people - this is Armenia of today. And it was all filmed with a lot of desire and affection for the Armenian people, which makes the artistic value of the exhibition even higher.
It was not by chance that in 2014 one of the photographers - Hristo Dimitrov,  won the Gold Cup in the Architecture section of the competition Humanity Photo Awards, organized by the China Folklore and Photographic Association , under the patronage of UNESCO, with photos of the Guejar monastery.  He competed with over 4400 photographers from around the world who have submitted nearly 7000 photo essays.

 

Photos provided by the Honorary Consulate of Armenia in Plovdiv.