Memorial Khachkar in Krakow, Poland

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Subject:The memorial commemorates the Armenian community in Poland, victims of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian and Polish victims murdered by Ukranian Nationalists in April 1921 and 1944, and the Armenian priests who were deported to Siberia during the Soviet occupation of Poland in World War II. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Armenian Cultutral Association (Poland) and Father Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski
Architect/Designer/Artist:Jacek Chrzaszcewski
Placement:The memorial is located on the grounds of Saint Nicolas Church in Krakow.
Physical Setting:urban environment
Tourist Amenities:No
Physical Condition:The Memorial is in excellent condition.
Inscription:The Khatchkar commemorates Armenians who lived in Poland since the 14th century and their many contributions to Poland. This monument is also in memory of victims of the Genocide of the Armenians that was committed in Turkey in 1915, and also of Armenians and Poles murdered by Ukranian Nationalists in April of 1921 and 1944 in Kutach, and for the Armenian Catholic priects who were deported to Siberia during the Soviet Occupation of Poland during World War II.
Location:Krakow, Poland
Proposal Date:April, 2003
Dedication Date:April 17, 2004
Opening Date:April 17, 2004
Commemorative Activities:The memorial was unveiled during a ceremony with approximately 400 people in attendance. Most of the attendees were Poles of Armenian descent from throughout Poland. The Armenian Ambassador from Armenia to Poland was also in attendance along with His Eminence Cardinal Franciszek Macharski and city council members of Krakow.


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