Margadeh, Syria, Armenian Genocide Memorial at The Armenian Apostolic Church

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Subject:The victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Cemetery, Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):The Armenian Apostolic Church & the Armenian community of the region.
Placement:Freestanding chapel surrounded by an enclosed courtyard and wall.
Physical Setting:The complex is located on the side of a small hill.
Tourist Amenities:No
Physical Condition:Very well preserved.
Location:Margadeh, Syria
Location Description:The Memorial-Church is visible from afar.
Construction Began:Mid 1990s
Construction Completed:1999
Dedication Date:April 24, 1999
Opening Date:April 24, 1999
Function during Genocide:Burial Place, Death March Site, Killing Center, Site of Execution
Events during Genocide:Margadeh was designated by the Young Turks authorities as one of the destination points and final killing area of the Armenian deportees. Those who survived the death marches were brought to this area and murdered.
Prior Use of Site:Margadeh is a desert.
Development/Construction Process:The monument consists of a relatively small chapel, constructed of red sandstone. A short wall surrounds it.
History of Ownership:Owned by the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Commemorative Activities:In April 1999, Aram I, the Catholicos of the House of Cilicia, sanctified and inaugurated the complex with a religious ceremony. Each April 24, there are pilgrimages to the site mostly by the Armenian community of Syria and Lebanon.
Notable Visitors:Aram I, the Catholicos of the House of Cilicia.
Additional Information:85 Commémoration du Génocide des Arméniens. Publication du Comité uni pour la Commémoration du Génocide arménien. Montréal, 2000.

Kidd, Kristen. "Perpetual Reminders," Armenian International Magazine
(April 1999), pp. 48-50.

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