(In the Footsteps of Armenian Saints)
The article delves into the early years of prominent member of Mkhitarist congregation (Venice), outstanding Armenologist, historian, philologist, geographer, poet, and translation Ghevond Alishan’s work, as well as his life. The period under study (1850-1853) embraces Fr. Alishan’s travels to European cities and towns, where he collected and copied ancient Armenian manuscripts kept in various churches, as well as documents on lives and deeds of Armenian ecclesiastics. In the dawn of Christianity, the Armenian hermits would leave their motherland – the historic Armenia, and would travel the Old Continent finding haven in European cities and towns. Choosing reclusive life of ascetics, they would preach Christianity, later beatified for that by the Catholic Church.