As far as I can tell it's the same word and I think it's Armenian, but, not knowing Armenian, I'm not sure if it is (some of the letters resemble Russian's "r", "sh'ch" and "ch" [that would make sense, as both the Armenian alphabet and the Russian Cyrillic were in part derived from the Greek]) and I don't know what it means. I don't know whether it's a "secular" tag, a devotional writing (for the author or for another for whom they were praying) or something completely different.
If anybody knows, I'd be most grateful to hear.
[Updated on the 4th of February 2008.]
Danielbeast commented that:
The first one appears to say Ara...g. Not sure what fourth letter (or combination or two) is.[Updated on the 25th of January 2011]
The first letter is definitely a capital A. The second one appears to be an r with a flourish on the end, not used to that so not sure if it's supposed to mean anything else or not. The third letter should be a lower case a. Fourth letter looks like an e to me, however once again there's a flourish on the end so not sure if that's meant to be something else beyond it or not. Two vowels in a row are very rare if not unheard of in Armenian so that confuses me. The last letter should be a g. I am not sure if the ayp-ee-g combination is supposed to make a different sound but "Ara-eeg" would not be an Armenian word so I don't know what's wrong. You can compare the letters to the alphabet here, but I'm pretty sure I read the letters correctly. So then what is the problem with the word...
In comments below, Sumitra Keghouie Spencer was been kind enough to tell how,
My great grandfather Hagop Guzelian, he was the caretaker of the monastery from the 1930's until around 1960.Sumitra, if you ever do visit this page again, I am still interested in the monastery, and would be very happy to add any information or stories you want. I hope you do visit again, because someone who must be a relative just posted this:
My Great grandfather lived in monastery with his wife Martha and their 6 childern, One if which was my grandmother Hegenay.
Hi sumitra my grandmother was Martha Guzelian and grandfather Hagop Guzelian. My mother Mariam Guzelian (mary) was one of her daughters, my mother has now passed. I was told that they lived at this monastery as caretakers from 1927 - ?* Also known as Ayios Makarios, Armenomonastero, Armenomonastiro, Armenomonastiron, the Blue Convent, Ermeni Manastırı, Magaravank; Makaravank; Prophitis Elias, St. Machaire, St. Macarius, St. Makarios and Sourp Makar; it is in the Kyrenia Mountains, near Kythrea.