Visit to Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex

On the right bank of the river Hrazdan at the top of the hill called Tsitsernakaberb, in front of Mount Ararat stands the memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government.

The memorial sits on one of three hills along the Hrazdan River that carry the name Tsitsernakaberd, and was the site of what was once a fortress. Most of the above ground traces at this peak have since disappeared, but upon the smaller hill are still traces of a castle. In a huge sprawling complex 12 columns stand symbolizing the 12 provinces of historical Armenia leaning on the eternal flame in the center to form a sort of crypt for the dead without burial. Next to it rises a column of 44 meters to the sky symbolizing the rebirth of the Armenian people, divided inside into two parts symbolizing the two Armenians: Western and Eastern. In the center of the circle, at a depth of 1.5 meters, there is an eternal flame dedicated to the 1.5 million Armenians killed during  the Armenian Genocide. You can order a tour to Tsitsernakaberd on our website.

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 Armenian genocide museum

The Armenian Genocide Museum opened its doors in 1995. The museum structure, planned by architects S. Kalshian, A. Tarkhanyan and sculptor F. Araqelyan, has a unique design. Since opening its doors, the Museum has received many thousands of visitors including schoolchildren, college students and huge numbers of tourists from outside Armenia. The impressive two-story building is built directly into the side of a hill so as no to detract from the imposing presence of the Genocide Monument nearby. The roof of the Museum is flat and covered with concrete tiles. It overlooks the scenic Ararat Valley and Majestic Mount Ararat. The first floor of the Museum is subterranean and houses the administrative, engineering and technical maintenance offices as well as Komitas Hall, which seats 170 people. Here also are situated the storage rooms for museum artifacts and scientific object, as well as a library and a reading hall. The Genocide Museum’s mission is rooted  in the fact that understanding the Armenian Geniocide is an important step in  preventing similar future tragedies, in keeping with the notion that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.

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