Armenian Stuff in Buenos Aires

Georgia and Armenia have a lot in common: they both have weird alphabets; they were both early adopters of Christianity and remained Christian after the spread of Islam; they’ve both been batted around by much larger nations around them; and they’re both kinda Middle Eastern and kinda not.

A striking difference between the two nations, however, is that Armenia has an enormous diaspora and Georgia doesn’t. Due to the Armenian Genocide, large communities of Armenians can be found throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. In contrast, most Georgians living outside of Georgia are in Russia, and there aren’t even all that many there. Consequently, it’s not easy to find Georgian stuff to see when traveling. Remember that Georgian church in Istanbul? That was pretty much the only Georgian thing to see in the whole city, and Turkey is right next to Georgia.

Can you see where this is going? I’d like to see Georgian stuff everywhere I go, but there aren’t any Georgians in most of the world. But Armenians are somewhat similar to Georgians, and they’re very easy to find. This suggests a coping mechanism: I want to see Georgian stuff, but I’ll settle for Armenian stuff.

For the past few months I’ve been living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and just as you would expect, there was no Georgian stuff and a good amount of Armenian stuff. So, I settled for the latter. Here are some pictures. They are: 1) a sign for the Armenian archdiocese (arzobispado) of Argentina; 2) an Armenian Genocide memorial; 3) a memorial for the Nagorno-Karabakh war; 4) a Spanish plaque from that memorial (note the name Artsaj); 5) a sign for some kind of church group; 6) a Spanish / Armenian plaque from a tomb in the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery; 7) me at the front door of the church of Gregory the Illuminator (San Gregorio Iluminador); and 8) the front door of the Tadron cafe (notice the Western Armenian transliteration — Tadron rather than Tatron for ԹԱՏՐՈՆ).


12 thoughts on “Armenian Stuff in Buenos Aires

  1. I was looking for linguistic information on Georgian and came across your blog. Fascinating, to say the least.
    Speaking of (non)centralized people: are there any kurds in Georgia? (well, according to WP there are indeed). Do georgians have a particular interest in turkish affairs and the kurdish issue, or they just don´t care?


    • Thanks! I don’t know much about Kurds in Georgia other than that maps of Kurdish population usually show a smattering in Georgia.

      In my experience, most Georgians don’t have any interest in any of the peoples around them, and that includes Turks. Things might be different around Batumi, where knowledge of Turkish is more widespread, but that’s just a guess.

    • Yes, here are Kurds in Georgia. I have two friends who care about Kurdish issue in Turkey, others don’t care or have no idea thet there is an issue. 🙂

  2. Well there are not as many as Armenian, but there are some Georgian things overseas:
    -Monastery of the Cross, Jerusalem.
    -Bachkovo Monastery, Bulgaria.
    -Gialia Monastery, Cyprus.
    And other churches and monasteries…

    Memorial to the Georgian officers of the Polish Army who sacrificed their lives to Poland, at the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

    Memorial of The battle of Texel dedicated to Georgian solidiers. Texel, Netherlands.

    I’m sure there are many other things wich I’m not aware of

    • Are you really sure there are many other things? I’m not.

      Note that while there are many old Georgian (and/or Armenian) monasteries in northeast Turkey (mostly around the cities of Artvin, Erzurum, and Ardahan), I wouldn’t include those in “diaspora stuff”. This is because they are well within what might be called “Greater Georgia” or “Historical Georgia”. If things had gone differently in WWI, it’s possible they would be part of Georgia today. More concretely, it’s quite possible, as a tourist, to take a trip to western Georgian (Batumi, etc) and then pop over into Turkey to see the old monasteries, and even Lazistan (around Rize). So I would say that stuff is in “Georgia broadly construed”.

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