Introduction

The First Stone - Palu
From today we can say that Houshamadyan has been born, is working and is appearing.The first geographical region that we are dealing with in these pages is Palu, with its town and surrounding villages. Of course it is possible to ask why Palu? Why this choice? Our research on Palu has given us the opportunity for unforeseen, enjoyable and useful meetings. We are hopeful that many more meetings like this will happen during our travels. more...

To Marash
The journey that Houshamadyan began with Palu continues with Marash. We will present, under this general heading, the district (sandjak) of Marash during the Ottoman era. The Marash work area on the website – just like that of Palu – was the place where new acquaintances and new meetings were made. Such encounters make us truly enthusiastic. more...

The Harput plain
Houshamadyan, under this heading, will reflect on the Armenian places in the plain. Under the Ottoman administrative system, this area accords to the Harput sub-district (kaza) which is part of the province (vilayet) of Mamuretül-aziz.

This area, during the Ottoman era, has had a dense population of Armenians located in villages and towns. Its main towns are Harput and Mezire (Mamuretül-aziz) and, around them, tens of villages and small towns inhabited by Armenians. More...

Zeytun
We are presenting the town of Zeytun within the pages of Houshamadyan website under a separate title. Why this privilege for this place? The reason is simply Zeytun’s rich history and especially the plentiful information available about the area. The town forms part of the sandjak (district) of Marash, which already has a separate chapter in Houshamadyan’s pages. However the variety of subjects about Zeytun have led us to present it separately. Various places will often have this kind of ‘privilege’ on our website. More...

Yozgat
The town of Yozgat and the villages in the surrounding area. Under the title of ‘Yozgat district’ (sandjak), Houshamadyan turns its attention to a relatively less well known geographical area in the general history of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire. This sandjak does not form part of the area historically settled by Armenians in the Ottoman Armenian world. More...

Van
The Van region, or the historic Vasbouragan, is one of the most important cradles in Armenian civilization. There are many age-old traces of Armenian identity and culture in this geographical area. The Armenian entity is an important presence also during the Ottoman years in the city of Van and in the whole region. In other words, during this era, the Armenian stamp is also felt tremendously on the local culture, and on the economic, social, political and religious life. More...

Sis
In the annals of Armenian history, the city of Sis (present-day Kozan) is mostly remembered as the long-time capital of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. Sis also served as the seat of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia. Sis, however, was also a predominately Armenian city, and information regarding the daily life of its residents and the local history can mostly be found in rare primary sources. More...