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2017-05-09

Today we are visiting AvetiK Isahakyan’s Home Museum in Yerevan. Avetik Isahakyan was a great Armenian poet, writer and public figure. He was born in Alexandrapol (now Gyumri) in 1875 and died in Yerevan in 1957. So he lived and created in the 19th and 20th centuries. He received a good education. He studied at Echmiatsin Theological Seminary and then he continued his education at Leipzig and Zurich Universities studying Literature and History of Philosophy.

Avetik Isahakyan was very much loved and respected by Armenians. Many of his poems became lyrics of songs. The lyrics of these songs are so close to the soul of Armenian country life that common people know for sure these songs to be folk songs. He was also a great patriot.

Hey, my fatherland, how lovely you are!
Your mountain peaks are lost in the mists of heaven.
Your waters are sweet, your breezes are sweet;
Only your children are in seas of blood.… Translation by Alice Stone Blackwell

Է՜յ, ջան-հայրենիք, ինչքա՜ն սիրուն ես,
Սարերըդ կորած երկնի մովի մեջ.
Ջրերըդ անո՛ւշ, հովերըդ անո՛ւշ,
Մենակ բալեքըդ արուն ծովի մեջ:

Avetik Isahakjan lived in this house for ten years, from 1947-1957.

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