Exhibition “Armenia in Old Maps: 6th Century BC – 20th Century“
The Embassy of Armenia
University Of Tartu Museum
Armen Šahbazjan, organizer of the exhibition, introduces it as follows:
„There was a time in the past when Armenia, nowadays a small landlocked country in the South Caucasus, stretched from the Black to Mediterranean and Caspian Seas. Between 16th and 19th centuries territories mainly populated by Armenian people, i. e. Eastern and Western Armenia, were governed by respectively Persian and Ottoman Empires. In the middle of 19th Century, Eastern Armenia was incorporated into Russia, while the biggest part of Western Armenia remained under the Ottoman rule. The First Armenian Republic was established in 1918, in the wake of the Russian revolution but soon enough the new state was incorporated into the Soviet Union. Armenia regained independence only in 1991, after the collapse of the USSR.
The current exhibition offers a fascinating journey through turbulent times and rare periods of relative calm of Armenian history through the medium of cartographic documents. The region is historically known as ‘Armenia’ had the misfortune to be geographically located in a region which was a constant battleground of rival empires. As a result, the region and its people endured wave after wave of invasions, looting, and ruin. The very fluidity of borders seen on a series of historic maps tells a dramatic tale of suffering and perseverance, destruction and rebirth as both the country and its people have survived and secured their rightful place among the nations of the world.
The exhibited copies of maps of Armenia in world cartography between the 6th century BC and 20th century have been collected by Dr. Rouben Galichian in decades.“
The exhibition opens at 4 PM on May 21st at the White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum and stays open until June 3rd 2018