[permaculture] a litle diversionary sidetrip

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Thu Jun 7 01:04:07 EDT 2007

This has nothing to do with permaculture other than to braoden one's worldview.
You often hear of Armenia but I wonder how many have been there, have seen pix of the area or know much of its history.
I found this gallery tonight with pictures of regions of Armenia that are hauntingly beautiful.

Robert Lankenau
Lori Province & Monasteries
The province of Lori in northern Armenia is a nice, forested change from the otherwise highland-like Armenian landscape. 
Full of incredible churches and ancient monasteries often set way up on mountains or cliffs.
Main gallery:

CIA World Factbook
Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of 
autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, 
Persian, and Ottoman. During World War I in the western portion of Armenia, Ottoman Turkey instituted a policy of forced 
resettlement coupled with other harsh practices that resulted in an estimated 1 million Armenian deaths. The eastern 
area of Armenia was ceded by the Ottomans to Russia in 1828; this portion declared its independence in 1918, but was 
conquered by the Soviet Red Army in 1920. Armenian leaders remain preoccupied by the long conflict with Muslim 
Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region, assigned to Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1920s by 
Moscow. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries 
attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, Armenian forces held not 
only Nagorno-Karabakh but also a significant portion of Azerbaijan proper. The economies of both sides have been hurt by 
their inability to make substantial progress toward a peaceful resolution. Turkey imposed an economic blockade on 
Armenia and closed the common border because of the Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas.
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
Venaura Farm
lfl at intrex.net

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