Travel to any country you might think of, even to the most forgotten and neglected parts of the world and you will hardly not find there at least one monument. It might be a small one but it will be there. Many countries and parts of the world might lack castles and fortresses and even archaeological sites, but never the monuments. Why is it so? The answer to this question tightly lies in the overall core and meaning of erecting a monument. The ultimate goal behind that is the commemoration of a...
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  • Aghtsk
    The distance between historical-architectural monument Aghtsk and Yerevan is 30 kilometers so you won’t have to spend long and weary hours on the road. Aghtsk represents a complex, which comprises a mausoleum dating to the middle of the 4th century and devoted to Arshakuni kings, and a 5th century basilica church. The latter was reconstructed in the 19th century. As you enter the mausoleum and go to the lower floor, you will see a small structure, which has niches to the north and to the south, while to the east there is a semi-circular apse. The niches are include two sepulchers where the relics of Arshakuni kings are interred. The sepulchers include carvings peculiar to pagan and early Christian eras.
  • Musa Ler Memorial
    Musa Ler Memorial is located between capital Yerevan and Holy See of Ejmiatsin and is dedicated to the heroic battle of Armenians that took place in 1915. The architect was Rafael Israelyan and the sculptor was Ara Harutyunyan. The memorial is erected on a small hill and is made of red tufa stone. The construction of the memorial was completed in 1976, and it bears an inscription, which reads “To the heroic self-defense battle of Musa Ler.” Every year in mid-September commemorative activities are held at the memorial. The celebrations are accompanied by special food called “harisa.” It’s a national dish made of wheat and lamb or hen. It’s cooked all night and is served in the morning and distributed to everyone.
  • Noratus Khatchkar Field
    Located in Gegharkunik Province Noratus Khatchkar (cross-stone) Field is an old settlement sheltering numerous monuments dating to Bronze and Iron Ages. There are various legends regarding Noratus, and one of them recounts the invasions of Ottoman Turks to the province of Gegharkunik and their fight against Prince Gegham. Gegham greatly lacked forces and so he ordered his soldiers to wear military outfit on the khatchkars and cause the enemy to think that there is a powerful army in a large number waiting for them. The Turks were terrified at the sight and fled. Taking advantage of this Prince Gegham attacked them and defeated the enemy.
  • Sardarapat Memorial
    Built in memory of Sardarapat Battle heroes, Sardarapat Memorial is located in the province of Armavir, 10 kilometers from the city of Hoktemberyan. The architect of this amazing monumental complex is Raphael Israelyan and the sculptors are Ara Harutyunyan, Samvel Manasyan and Arsham Shahinyan. Sardarapat Memorial was opened in 1968 in regard to the 50th anniversary of Sardarapat Battle. It was constructed in the place where the battle took place. The entire complex is made if red tuff stone.
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