Self-defense Battle Memorial in Nor (New) Hajen, Armenia.

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Subject:The and defenders of Hajen [Hadjin] during the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Exhibition, Inscription, Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Local community and institutions.
Architect/Designer/Artist:Rafael Israelian
Placement:Freestanding, large architectural building maintaining a monumental quality.
Physical Setting:Flat land.
Tourist Amenities:No
Physical Condition:Standing undamaged but not well cared for.
Location:Hajen Battle Memorial
Nor Hajen, Nairi Region, Kotayk Province Armenia
Location Description:Nor Hajen is also spelled “Nor Achin” on the maps.
Proposal Date:after 1965
Construction Began:Late 1960’s
Construction Completed:1974
Dedication Date:1974, No official dedication
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 consists of a monumental structure with a rising tower on top of which the icon of an eagle (signature of the architect, Israelian). Construction material is red tufa.
History of Ownership:Owned by the Soviet State before 1991 & the State of Armenia after 1991.
Additional Information:Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.

Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996, p 196.