Hovhannes Tumanyan and Avetik Isahakyan in Ani

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In his memoirs, the famous Armenian poet Avetik Isahakyan describes his and Hovhannes Tumanyan’s feelings after visiting Ani.

"From early morning we went to wander among the famous ruins. Hovhannes carefully and admiringly looked at every fragment marked by the seal of art. Silently lost in thought, he wandered, fascinated by the silent conversation with the past, stopped in front of amazing creations of architecture, intensely peered into the columns, arches and the bas-reliefs, then closed his eyes and listened attentively, as if he heard music, unusual, unearthly. The majestic, beautiful architecture of Ani made a huge impression on Hovhannes. When we left and were already outside the fortress s walls, Hovhannes last looked at Ani and said:

- What kind of a meaningless creature must a person be to raise a hand on such a miracle! Will all this beauty die, leaving no trace in the Armenian art, in the world art history? To what degree of development would our art have achieved if the Turkish-Tatar tribes had not ruined our people's culture?".

Avetik Isahakyan's memoirs

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