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Self-defense Battle Memorial of Artsiv Vaspurakan in Agarak village, Armenia

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Subject:The defenders of Van during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Inscription, Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Local community and institutions
Architect/Designer/Artist:Jim Torosian
Placement:Freestanding sculptural work.
Physical Setting:Flat land.
Tourist Amenities:No
Physical Condition:Standing undamaged but not well cared for.
Inscription:In the memory of Artsiv Vaspurakan self-defense movement in Van.
Location:Self-defnese Battle Memorial of Artsiv Vaspurakan
Agarak, Ashtarak Region, Aragatsotn Province, Armenia
Construction Began:Mid-1970's
Construction Completed:1979
Dedication Date:1979
Development/Construction Process:Since the authorities of Soviet Union never officially acknowledged the fact of the Armenian Genocide, those monuments commemorating the victims of the Genocide built under the Soviet rule were abstracted in one way or the other. Here, the abstraction occurs in the commemoration of a battle or a resistance movement. This memorial is among those Soviet monuments which were initiated and financed by the local community members and never received an official dedication.
Additional Information:Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.

David Kertmenjian, April 23, 2003

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