Nor Kharberd, Ararat, Armenian Genocide Memorial

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Subject:The Kharpert area victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Local community of Kharpert ancestry.
Architect/Designer/Artist:Architect: M. Mikaelian and Painter-monumentalist: V. Khatchatourian.
Placement:Freestanding, reddish- yellow tufa architectural work; it is designed to give the impression of a ruin.
Physical Setting:Flat land.
Tourist Amenities:No
Physical Condition:Standing undamaged but not well cared for.
Inscription:Dates and names of those fallen.
Location:Genocide memorial
Nor Kharberd, Massis Region, Ararat, Armenia
Construction Began:1964-5
Construction Completed:1965
Dedication Date:1965, No official dedication.
Development/Construction Process:Since the authorities of the Soviet Union never officially acknowledged the fact of the Armenian Genocide, monuments commemorating the victims of the Genocide installed during Soviet rule were built as abstract constructions. This abstract memorial commemorating an act of resistance or self-defense is an indirect reference to the Genocide. This memorial is among those Soviet monuments which were initiated and financed by local community members and never received an official dedication.
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.