ARMENOPOLIS: The Armenian/Romanian City Built by Armenians
By Garo Mergeanian
Sunday, August 12, 2018 @ 4:00PM
In the Aram and Anahis D. Boolghoorjian Hall of the Merdinian School:
13330 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Direction: Exit Woodman on 101 FWY; go North 1 block, turn Right on Riverside Dr.
Enrich your soul with a bit of Armenian history as you watch this film about a city erected from scratch in the remote highlands of Romania – on a land bought in the early 17th century, by Armenians who had left Crimea (via Moldova) to settle there. Armenopolis, present day Gherla, is the first city in Romania that had its most important institutions erected ever since the 18th century and managed to preserve them through present times: the Solomon Church, the Karatsony House, the City Hall, the orphanages, the high school and the park. Armenopolis-Gherla is a city designed to defeat history, with houses more than 250 years old as testament. This documentary film is an invitation to admire a Baroque city, an authentic museum, a place designed for the future, for family, with love and passion. Directors: Izabela Bostan Kevorkian and Florin Kevorkian.
Garo Mergeanian was born in Bucharest, Romania from parents who were both survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Garo received his elementary and intermediate education in the local schools, continuing his higher education at the Academy of Economic Sciences where he graduated with a degree in international trade and marketing. As a young boy, Garo attended church services and served as an altar boy at the Armenian Apostolic Church of Bucharest, Archangels Michael and Gabriel. This was during the then-Archbishop in Romania and the future Vehapar Vazken I. During the 1970s Garo came to the Americas with his parents, first in New York and eventually to Los Angeles. Garo’s love of everything Armenian drove him to find his Armenian bride and they both built their nest with the blessings of two children. Garo was manager of ITT Cannon – Connectors Commercial Division, and for the last 30+ years he is the Regional Sales Manager for a company based in Brugg Switzerland, in the manufacturing and sales of machine tools for various industries, including the aerospace industry. He is fluent in seven languages, and passionate in the preservation of his faith, education of the Armenian language and culture, and never losing sight of where Armenians come from.
Disclaimer: The Merdinian School is not the sponsor of this event and any opinions expressed during the event are not those of the School.