War Memorial in Aparan, Armenia

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Subject:The victims of 1915 Armenian Genocide and the martyrs of the 1918 Battle of Aparan. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Inscription, Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic
Placement:A large scale freestanding structure with three niches. Each houses a freestanding sculptural work consisting of three separate and distinct modern Khatchkars(cross-sones). The structure is rected outside of the town.
Physical Setting:Outside of the town, on flat land.
Tourist Amenities:No
Physical Condition:Not in very good condition, exposed to the elements.
Inscription:"1915 To the Victims of the Genocide and 1918 To the Heroes of the Aparan Battle."
Location:War Memorial
Aparan, Aragatsotn Province Armenia
Location Description:Go to the town of Aparan and ask the inhabitants. Might be visible from the road into the town.
Construction Completed:1950s or 1960s
Prior Use of Site:Empty site.
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. This monument consists a complex of memorials commemorating the genocide as World War One along with World War Two and the battles of 1918. This memorial is among those Soviet monuments which were initiated and financed by the local community members and never received an official dedication. Construction material is black stone/tufa.
History of Ownership:Owned by the Soviet State before 1991 and the State of Armenia after 1991.
Additional Information:Ghalazian, Kim. Monuments of Glory. Yerevan: Hayastan Press, 1986.

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