“We are our Mountains” (Armenian: Մենք ենք, մեր լեռները, Menk’ enk’ mer lernerə) is a large monument north of Stepanakert, the capital city of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The sculpture, completed in 1967 by Sargis Baghdasaryan, is widely regarded as a symbol of the Armenian heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh. The monument is made from volcanic tufa, and depicts a man and woman hewn from rock, representing the mountain people of Karabakh. It is also known as “tatik-papik” (տատիկ-պապիկ) in Armenian, and it is translated as “Grandma and Grandpa”. The sculpture is prominent in Nagorno-Karabakh’s coat of arms.
Do You remember when this happened during ESC 2009...
So during Eurovision 2009, the Russians decided to make the postcards a mashup of the most famous monuments, buildings etc in each country. Really nice!
In the semifinal the “Tatik Papik”/“We Are Our Mountains” monument was shown in the Armenian postcard. Of course, Azerbaijani officials were very upset about this and it was worth to make a super big deal out of the whole thing (whole = 3 secs of the on-screen-time that it got). Anyways.
During the final the monument was removed from the Armenian postcard. Every Azeri cried out of joy. Happy times!
Then this happened… “Tatik Papik” x2 and for like 50 secs. Was it really worth it?
any interesting architecture in Armenia/Nagorno-Karabakh?
A little background on the two areas included in this post:
Armenia is a sovereign state in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in Western Asia, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the exclave of Nakhchivan to the south. Armenia is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. We previously featured a post about the Ancient Churches of Armenia.
Nagorno-Karabakh is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus, lying between Lower Karabakh and Zangezur and covering the southeastern range of the Lesser Caucasus mountains. Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed territory, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan,but most of the region is governed by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a de facto independent nation established on the basis of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.
Here are some more interesting structures in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh: