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Istanbul, Turkey, October 2022

There is always rainbow after the rain… and seagulls 🙂 View from the rooftop of Darussaade Hotel

Blue Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Park

Blue Mosque is one of the most famous examples of Ottoman architecture. It was built between 1609 and 1616. The mosque has been a UNESCO Worls Heritage Site since 1985 and is one of the most visited attractions of the city.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is an important Byzantine structure in Istanbul. Much of the Hagia Sophia’s edifice evident today was completed in the 6th century (between 532 and 537). It was built as Christian church. In subsequent centuries it became a mosque (1453), a museum (1934) and mosque again (2020).

City views from Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul and is one of the bridges that connects the city between Europe and Asia. The bridge provides beautiful views over the city. It is one of the favorite spots for local fishermen.

Colorful streets of Istanbul

Panoramic views of Istanbul from Galata Tower

Galata Tower was built in 500 A.D., and was used as a watchtower to help defend the city.

Music and culture festival

Church of St. Anthony of Padua

The largest Catholic church in Istanbul which was opened in 1912 and located on Istiklal Avenue.

Istiklal Street

Istiklal Street is lined with 19th century former palaces, mansions and embassies which are now home to different shops, bars, cafes etc. It’s known that up to milliom people walk up or down through Istiklal street every single day.

French Street Culture center

Beautiful Istanbul sunsets

Istanbul Modern in Karakoy

Lights of Ahirkapi street where many nice seafood restaurants can be found

Night views of the city from Galata Bridge

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Armenia, September 2022

Zvartnots

Zvartnots Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the middle of vineyards and trees dazzled with apricots and cherries while Ararat peeks in from the background. Built in the 7th-century AD, Zvartnots Cathedral was a rare architectural monument because of its unique design. Before the earthquake in the 10th-century AD destroyed Zvartnots Cathedral, it was the biggest and oldest church of Armenia throughout its history.

Saint Gayane Church

Vagharshapat

Vagharshapat is an ancient city in Armavir region founded in the 2nd century CE and one of the most important religious and cultural centers of Armenia.

Agape Refectory Restaurant

Agape is one of the oldest restaurant in the region with authentic armenian cuisine. It has been founded in the 17th century. The building is protected by UNESCO.

Saint Hripsime Church

Tsakhkadzor

Kecharis Monastery

Medieval monastic complex dating back to the 11th century, located in the ski resort town of Tsakhkadzor.

Sevanavank Monastery

Sevanavank Monastery was formed from two churches build in 874 AD and located on the shore of Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan is a national landmark, it is by far the largest body of water in Armenia, taking up 5% of the country’s territory.

Vaskenian Theological Academy

Ararat mountain view from Yerevan

Colorful streets of Yerevan

Yerevan 2800th Anniversary Park

Republic Square

Charles Aznavour Square

Dalan Art Gallery and Cafe Abovyan 12

Freedom Square

Hrazdan Gorge

Cascade Complex

Night vibes in the city of Jazz and dancing fountains

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Starmus VI, Yerevan, Armenia, 5-10 September 2022

Starmus is an international festival of science, music and art which took place in Yerevan, Armenia this year. It featured presentations from scientists, astronauts, cosmonauts, Nobel prize winners and unbelievable concerts from the legendary musicians. I was lucky to see Brian May, Rick Wakeman, Serj Tankian, Tigran Hamasyan, Sons of Appollo, Andrey Makarevich, Simon Philips, Graham Gouldman, Armenian Philarmonic orchestra on one stage. Absolutely unforgattable experience, thanks to Starmus for festival organization, everything was great, including sound and light.

Sonic Concert and Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication

Dr. Brian May, musician and astrophysicist, reveived the Stephen Hawking Award.

Rick Wakeman and Armenian Philarmonic orchestra

Sons of Apollo

Sevak Amroyan and Serj Tankian

Tigran Hamasyan

Andrey Makarevich

Another World Concert

Fantastic children’s choir of the Diocese of Tavish performing Queen’s hits while Freddie watching from the screens.

Nemra

Brian May, Graham Gouldman, Ron Bumblefoot, Derek Sherinian

The one and only Brian May performing beautiful “Another world” song

“Smoke on the water” as a part of Rock Aid Armenia (a humanitarian effort by British music industry to raise money to help those affected by the 1988 Armenian earthquake).

Show must go on!!! Always!

Starmus Science Camp

Beautiful event inspiring young people to get into science which took place at the Freedom Square in front of Opera theatre.

Nemra band

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Summertime 2022

Streets of Moscow

Marina Tsvetaeva’s House Museum

Mikhail Lermontov House Museum

Lilac season, VDNH

Moscow Jazz Festival, VDNH

Moscow Fashion Week, VDNH

Moscow Botanical Garden

The Tsytsin Main Moscow Botanical Garden was founded in April 1945, and claims itself to be the largest botanical garden in Europe. It covers a territory of approximately 3.61 km² and contains a live exhibition of more than twenty thousand different species of plants coming from various parts of the world. 

Radonezh

Radonezh is an absolutely beautiful village where Sergiy Radonezhsky once lived. The old town of Radonezh is known to have existed since the first half of the 14th century. Transfiguration Church (Церковь Преображения Господня, 1842) along with the nearby Sacred spring, a font and a monument to St. Sergius are located on the outskirts of the village. Very impressive place!

Khotkovo

Khotkovo town is the site of a monastery, founded by the parents of Sergiy Radonezhsky – Kirill and Maria. The date of foundation is not known, but was first mentioned in 1308. Pokrovskiy Khotkov monastery is the convent of the Russian Orthodox Church, located in Khotkovo town on the river Paja.

Abramtsevo

Abramtsevo Museum Reserve is one of the most famous art museums in Russia. The history of Abramtsevo is associated with the names of artists Segey Aksakov, Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Vrubel, Ilya Repin, Vasiliy Polenov, Valentin Serov and Savva Mamontov. Dozens of paintings which are internationally treasured now were created there. Abramtsevo was founded in 18th century.

The architectural gem of Abramtsevo is the Church of the Savior (Церковь Спаса Нерукотворного Образа), built by architect Pavel Samarin, according to designs by the artists Victor Vasnetsov and Vasily Polenov.