Lyon, France, Armenian Genocide Memorial

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Subject:The victims of the Armenian Genocide and the victims of all genocides and other crimes against humanity (view image)
Type of Memorial:Commemorative Plaque, Inscription, Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Local Armenian Community Members and Institutions
Architect/Designer/Artist:Leonardo Basmadyian
Placement:In the center of the town
Physical Setting:Out in the open, next to the Place Bellecour. The Memorial is designed with 36 pieces of high technology white concrete which supports stones from Armenia and other stones which come from countries where genocides have been committed. There is also poetry written with laser on concrete.
Tourist Amenities:Yes
Map Designation:Place Antonin Poncet near Place Bellecour
Physical Condition:New
Inscription:"IN THE MEMORY: of the 1,500,000 Armenians who were exterminated as victims of the first genocide of XXth century perpetrated by the "Young Turk" government during the years 1915-1918; of the victims of all genocides and crimes against humanity." (Script in English, French and Armenian)
Location:Place Antonin Poncet
Lyon, Lyon France
Construction Began:2006
Construction Completed:2006
Dedication Date:April 24, 2006
Development/Construction Process:Memorial was vandalized just days prior to dedication. Graffiti was sprayed on the memorial that stated "there was no genocide".
History of Ownership:The entire property belongs to the City of Lyon.
Commemorative Activities:Annual religious and cultural commemorations by the French-Armenian Community.
Notable Visitors:Mr. Gerard Collomb, Mayor of Lyon (Monsieur Gerard COLLOMB Senateur-Maire de Lyon)
Monsieur le Ministre
Monsieur le Prefet de la Region Rhone-Alpes, Prefet du Rhone
Madame la Representante du Conseil Regional Rhone-Alpes
Monsieur le Representant du Conseil General du Rhone
Monseigneur l’Eveque des Armeniens de Lyon
Monseigneur le Representant le Cardinal-Archevreque de Lyon
Monsieur le Recteur de la Grande Mosque de Lyon
Monsieur le Grand Rabbin de Lyon
Monsieur le Maire de Villeurbanne
Monsieur le Maire de Decines
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