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Boris Baratov is a scriptwriter and the author of dozens of films. Four of his films, “The Dance”, “Stones”, “The Round Table” and “Holy Etchmiadzin” are dedicated to Armenia. Boris Baratov has also written books about artists and scholars… Two of his books – “Bogdan Saltanov” [1986] and “Leonardo da Vinci” [1987] were published by in Yerevan by “Sovetakan Grokh”. His book “A train ride to the past, the present and the future” was published in Moscow by Planeta publishers in 1989.

In 1992 and 1999 Linguist Publishers in Moscow published two works by Boris Baratov, where he featured not only as author, but also as photographer. These were “The Angel of Artsakh” and “Journey to Karabakh. Paradise laid waste”, both of which were dedicated to that battle of Artsak. Both were destined to become chronicles of the Armenian culture in Artsakh, as well as spiritual and moral achievements for their author. In these volumes, Boris Baratov depicts the historical and architectural monuments of Artsakh and of the most ancient Christian country in the world, together with its history and culture.

“The Angel of Artsakh” and “Journey to Karabakh. Paradise laid waste” attracted the attention of a wide circle of readers and were translated into English. Many figures in the cultural and academic world expressed their thanks and gratitude to the author. Professor of History, Dr. Vardan Hakobyan, wrote: “The author has fulfilled his mission with great honour – the mission of bringing to the world the truth of the struggle of a people for freedom and independence…he has emphasized the significance of the creative genius of the Armenians, which enabled this people to overcome their enemy.. I should like to express my sincere gratitude to him.”

Boris Baratov was awarded the Armenian “Historian Egishe” prize for this work and later received the “Vachagan the Pious” medal from the government of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Boris Baratov’s next book was “Jerusalem and its holy sites”, a guidebook for all those wishing to become more intimately acquainted with the 2000-year history of Armenian Jerusalem. Boris Baratov maintains his authorial line in this work, guiding his reader with interest and great affection around the holy sites. He reveals the monasteries and churches built by Armenians in the past (there were as many as 74 at one time) and the ones still active today. He clearly admires them himself and gives his reader the opportunity of sharing in his admiration. This book was published in Jerusalem in English, Armenian and Russian under the patronage of Torkom Manoogian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem and has become a guiding thread for many Armenian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land.

In 2001, Boris Baratov published “The Armenian Apostolic Church – 1700”. This is a sumptuous coffee-table book, which sheds new light on one of the oldest Christian Churches in the world – the Armenian Apostolic Church. At the request of the Armenian Diaspora in Great Britain, the book was translated and published in English, under the patronage of Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisian, the head of the Armenian Diocese in Britain.
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 Jerusalem and its holy sites (220 colour illustrations)
Titre : Jerusalem and its holy sites (220 colour illustrations) / auteur(s) : Boris BARATOV - Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Practical guide with maps
Editeur : Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Année : 2000
Imprimeur/Fabricant : Israel
Description : 14,5 x 21,5 cm, 192 pages, 220 colour illustrations, Paperback, two maps insert, of the Old City of Jerusalem and Israel
Collection : Linguist Guidebooks
Notes : Translated from russian into English by Nicolette Kirk, transaleted from Russian into Armenian by Kevork Ezydzhian
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Sujets : Jerusalem, guide book
ISBN : 5-900227-06-5
Lecture On-line : non disponible

Commentaire :

Come and See

This book is designed as a guide for both Armenian and non-Armenian pilgrims at the cross-roads of the 2000-year history of Armenian Jerusalem. It is here that you will have a chance to see at first hand the working Armenian churches and monasteries, as well as imagining the ones which were built in the past only to be subsequently destroyed. At one point, there were as many as 74 Armenian churches and monasteries here. You will be able to marvel at the tenacity of the Armenian faith, visit the holy sites, which still retain the imprints of Christ's presence and learn about the people, who, throughout the millennia, have carried before them the invincible faith in the truth of the teachings of our Lord.

In the City of Jerusalem, in front of the Holy Sepulchre of our Lord Jesus Christ, there is a stone, symbolising the centre of the world. This city has indeed become the core, the very epicentre of human faith and history. Jerusalem gives you the opportunity of meeting with different nationalities, races and religions, languages and cultures, familiar and unfamiliar traditions and histories.

Today Jerusalem offers a home to Armenians and Arabs, Jews and Russians, Europeans and Africans, Indians and Koreans, all of whom exist here side by side, in the same symbolic way as do the city's ancient walls and contemporary buildings. Here you can just as easily see a nomadic Bedouin in his simple patriarchal dress, riding on his camel, as meet a pilgrim from any corner of the world or a rich American tourist.

This is the world's cross-roads, where East and West meet and it presents the visitor with the opportunity to find out about the history of different peoples, their past and present. Yet, in the polyphony of different cultures, languages and traditions, on the most beautiful mount in Jerusalem — Mount Zion — you can hear one more unique language and one more special culture, both of which bear the face of the Armenian people. This is reflected in the Armenian oil lamp which hangs over the Holy Sepulchre, as a symbol of the odyssey of the Armenian people, as a witness to the unshakeable Apostolic foundation of the Armenian Church and a symbol of the unquenchable faith of Gregory the Illuminator.

The Armenian people and the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church which mirrors its soul have significant landmarks in their long history.

Now, as we are celebrating the 2000th anniversary of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and the 1700th anniversary of the conversion of Armenia to Christianity, it is with grateful joy that the Armenian people can emphasise that their forefathers accepted Christianity as their state religion back in 301 A.D. and that in 303 A.D., they built Holy Etchmiadzin on the site where Christ Himself descended.

In the course of all their history, Armenians have remained true to their faith and to the teachings of Jesus Christ. They have built churches, monasteries and khatchkars. In 405 A.D., in his work of genius, the great Mesrob Mashtots set out the Armenian alphabet, which brought literacy to the people and creativity to the genius that produced thousands of beautiful manuscripts. As further evidence of their constancy, the Armenian people laid one and a half million victims on the altar of Christian faith, during the Genocide in 1915.

Today, the Armenian people have once again created an independent state on one tenth of their historical homeland.

There is one more touching story, which runs concurrently with the history of the Armenian people and that is the story of Armenian Jerusalem. This is the parallel story of the priceless spiritual and cultural inheritance of the Armenian people, which has been handed down from generation to generation; the story of their way of the cross, their hope in the resurrection and their unshakeable faith.

Come and see!

Come and visit the Holy Land!

Come and visit Armenian Jerusalem!

Archbishop Torkom Manoogian

Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

The book shows the existing Armenian churches and monasteries in the Holy Land, as well as telling the history of former Armenian churches and monasteries, which once numbered as many as 74. It tells of the history of the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem, indicating the holy sites, where Christ left his mark and tells of the Armenian people who have borne their unshakeable faith in the truth of the teachings of Jesus Christ over the millennia.

This book is a dependable guide for any pilgrim, planning to take the long journey to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and other cities and villages in the Holy Land, which were blessed with the earthly presence of Christ, the Blessed Virgin and the Apostles. This book enables the traveller to learn the history of various holy sites and their related customs.

"Jerusalem – a pilgrimage to the Holy Land" consists of 14 chapters.
Chapter I. The Armenian quarter of the ancient city of Jerusalem: The Monastery of SS James, the Monastery of the Holy Archangels, the Church of St. Thoros - the place where many ancient manuscripts are stored.
Chapter II. The Armenian Monastery of the Saviour on Mount Zion.
Chapter III. The Via Dolorosa - the road in the Old City, along which Christ walked, carrying his cross from the Antonia Fortress to the place of his execution.
Chapter IV - Jerusalem. The Church of the Sepulchre.
Chapter V - The Western Wall of the Temple of Jerusalem
Chapter VI - The Temple of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque
Chapter VII - The Valley of Jehosophat - the place where St. James, the brother of our Lord, met his death.
Chapter VIII. The Church of the Blessed Virgin. The Garden of Gethsemane.
Chapter IX - The Mount of Ascension, The Chapel of the Ascension, the Pater Noster Church, the Russian Monastery of the Ascension, 4th Century Armenian mosaics on the site where the head of St. John the Baptist was found.
Chapter X - The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Chapter XI - The Jordan valley, the site where Jesus Christ was baptised, Jericho, the Quarantine Mount, the Monastery of St. George Hosephite, the Monastery of St. Saava, the Dead Sea, the Qumran caves.
Chapter XII - The Holy sites of Galilee - Nazareth, Capernaum, Tagbha, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Mount Tabor, Beth-Shea.
Chapter XIII - Joppa (Jaffa). The Armenian Church of St. Nicholas.
Chapter XIV - The Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem.

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