It is said that when Tamerlane came to Armenia, in Goshavank monastery he demanded that
the locals gave him all the gold that they had.
“You can kill us," was the reply, "but you will not have our gold."
Furious, Tamerlane sent fire to the monastery library. When they saw the flames get close to
the books, the Armenians ran to bring him all the gold and jewels they had.
Truth or legend?
We do not know.
However, in the museum of medieval manuscripts in Yerevan, Matenadaran, there is a huge
book which was taken from a monastery in 1915, split in half and loaded by two women who
fled for their lives.
ARtMENIA is the narration of a journey that leads us to the history and stories of the
Armenian people, and allows us to discover the importance of Art and Culture in survival
through long centuries of adversity and misfortune..
A film about resilience, coexistence and hope that a hundred years after the start of the
Armenian genocide, also reflects our present days..
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