Malatia-Sebastia, Yerevan, Armenian Genocide Memorial

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Subject:The victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide who died in Malatia.
Type of Memorial:Inscription, Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Malatia’s Pedagogical Association
Architect/Designer/Artist:Architect: F. Zargarian
Placement:Large freestanding monument composed of woven crosses and relief of the portraits of Armenian intellectuals killed on April 24, 1915.
Physical Setting:Flat land, within the property of a public park on a small hill.
Tourist Amenities:Yes
Map Designation:Marked on a red tufa inscription stone placed on the sidewalk.
Physical Condition:Standing partially damaged, unclean, and with graffiti. It is completely neglected.
Inscription:"In memory of the Malatia Armenians martyrs of 1915. Malatia’s Pedagogical Association 1970” (Translated from Armenian).
Location:Corner of Sebastia Avenue and Raffi Street
Yerevan, Armenia
Location Description:Nor Malatia is located west of central Yerevan. The park is located on the corner of Sebastia Avenue and Raffi Street visible from Sebastia Avenue.
Proposal Date:after 1965
Construction Began:1996-70 Inscription stone placed in 1970
Construction Completed:1973
Dedication Date:1973
Prior Use of Site:Public park.
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 memorial is among those Soviet monuments which were initiated and financed by local community members and never received an official dedication. The structure is designed to give the impression of a ruined church symbolizing the ruined Armenian community/society after the Genocide. This monument consists of two twisted walls weaving into each other. Construction material is red tufa
History of Ownership:Owned by the Soviet Union prior to 1991 & the Republic of Armenia after 1991.
Additional Information:Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.