Armenian monuments and statues have a special part in Armenian history and culture. If you want to learn about their histories and unique features, then discover them with us. Get to know some of them found in Yerevan as well as other Armenia’s regions.
Armenia is a country of rich and glorious cultural heritage. The winds of history have taken the Armenians through many challenges but they have overcome all these by the help of their strong will. And if you want to get acquainted with Armenian history then just take a look to Armenian monuments, statues or khachkars.
Now let’s enjoy the fascinating journey of re-discovering Armenia from the angle of its monuments and statues.
Armenian Monuments and Statues: Thematic Coverage and Importance
Armenian monuments are an important part of cultural heritage of the Armenian nation. That’s why they are like body and soul of the memories of Armenians about their homeland throughout years. In other words, Armenian monuments and statues are like speaking stones that tell Armenian stories of the good and bad days.
They say words of gratitude and thankfulness honor those who are inseparable part of Armenian history. Among Armenian monuments there are true pieces of art that deserve recognition and attention.
In the 10th century the most popular type of monument was khachkar (“khach” means cross and “kar” stone). It is the peculiar element of Armenian culture that has obtained a symbolic meaning for the Armenian nation.
Khachkar is a marvelous carved stele that has a central symbol in the form of cross. Undoubtedly, khachkar stimulated the development of art – decorative-architectural sculptures in Armenia.
As for Yerevan, then here monuments and statues are such artworks that give cultural value, special spirit and glow to the city. Here is as incomplete list of some famous and prominent Armenian sculptors, who crated long-lasting and enduring masterpieces and beautified Yerevan:
- Yervand Kochar
- Ara Sargsyan
- Ghukas Chubaryan
- Ara Harutyunyan
Introducing Selected Armenian Monuments and Statues
Armenian Monuments and Statues 1: Alexander Tamanyan Statue
Now let’s have a look to some of the signature monuments and statues of Armenia.
We just can’t start our introduction without the statue of the well-known architect of modern Yerevan. Guessed who? Yes, Armenian neoclassical architect Alexander Tamanyan, who created the first general plan and layout of Yerevan.
Due to Tamanyan’s unique architectural style, Yerevan transformed into modern Armenian capital and main industrial and cultural center. Among his most famous designed buildings in Yerevan are the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan, the Republic Square and many others.
Alexander Tamanyan’s statue is located in the city center, in front of the Cascade complex, where you can see many other amazing and fascinating monuments, too. Also, it is a perfect place for taking photos and enjoying the nice view of the Cascade, especially during the nighttime.
Returning to the statue, we should note that it was founded in 1974. The sculptor of the statue was ASSR honorable artist Artashes Hovsepyan and the architect was Seda Petrosyan. The monument is built of basalt and granite, moreover the height is 3metrs.
If you have a close look at the monument you can see a huge stone, on which Tamanyan is leaning. The left side stone symbolizes the old architecture, while the right-side stone symbolizes the architecture of the new era.
Furthermore, Tamanyan himself is like making a bridge between these two periods and builds up the capital of the country by the help of modern architecture. On the right side of the statue you can see the main layout of Yerevan and the following engraved words about Tamanyan that belongs to the famous Armenian writer Yeghishe Charents.
Armenian Monuments and Statues 2: The Sculptural Group “The men”
Up next is the most beloved and popular sculptural group for Armenians and especially for Yerevanians called “the men”. The prehistory of this monument goes back to 1972 when the famous Armenian director Edmond Keosayan created a wonderful comedy film “The men.”
It is a beautiful Armenian film about love and friendship and is a “must-see” move! The film tells about four best friends: Vazgen, Saqo, Suren and Aram, who work as taxi drivers in Yerevan. The shyest of them is Aram who doesn’t have the courage to tell his beloved girl, Karineh, that he is desperately in love with her.
Acting as loyal and close friends, the trio decides to do everything so that this beautiful girl will pay attention to Aram. If you want to know some interesting and comical things that happen in the movie that you should just see it by your own eyes.
These four heroes are played by four of Armenia’s most popular and talanted actors: Frunzik Mkrtchian, Azat Sherents, Avetik Gevorgian, and Armen Aivazian.
In 2007 the sons of the director Tigran and David Keosayans took the initiative to create this monument and invited their friend Davit Minasyan for the realization of their idea. The sculpture is located in the Saryan Park. The heroes of this sculpture stand in front of the building where Karineh lived according to the plot of the film. By the way, this sculpture depicts the final scene of the movie when four friends are walking together.
Armenian Monuments and Statues 3: The Monument to Leonid Yengibarov
Leonid Georgievich Yengibarov is a Soviet clown, actor and the legend of Armenian circus. He was the kind of clowns that crated intellectual clownery and made the audience not only laugh but also think.
Many of his works have deep philosophical colorings and meanings. It is no coincidence that he is known as ‘the clown with sad eyes’. The statue is located in the central square of Tsaghkadzor and was placed in 2012. The sculptor is Davit Minasyan.
This sculpture perpetuates an episode of Yengibarov’s famous performance called “Flight with an Umbrella”. It is worth it to have a look at this monument because there is something special about it. The statue conveys the image of Yengibarov’s professional activity quite accurately and correctly. Overall, it is very unusual, creative, impressing and “airy” sculpture.
Armenian Monuments and Statues 4: The Monument of Sasuntsi Davit
You are looking for a powerful, solemn, dynamic, significant and expressive statue in Yerevan? Then our next statue is right the one you want to see. The statue of Sasuntsi Davit (or David of Sasun) is probably the most famous statue in Yerevan and is considered one of the symbols of the city.
He is the mythological hero of the Armenian folk epic poem, who drove Arabic invaders out of the country. From generation to generation, Armenians have preserved some interesting tales about David’s fearless and heroic deeds.
He has an image of warrior-like hero who has a gigantic strength. The monument was established in 1959 and is located at the Sasuntsi Davit Metro station square. It is the creation of the renowned sculptor Yervand Kochar. He portrayed David on horseback, with a sword in his hand.
There is an interesting fact about this statue as it was the symbol of Armenian cinema studio “HayFilm” (ArmFilm) that you can see in the opening part of many Armenian Soviet films. For many tourists, this statue is quite imposing and is perceived in different ways from different angles. So, it is, definitely, worth a visit.
Armenian Monuments and Statues 5: Mimino Statue
The following statue will be a perfect place to visit for those who admire both Armenian most amazing and breathtaking nature and Armenian movies. The monument is dedicated to the heroes of the Soviet film “Mimino”.
It is placed at Dilijan resort city and perpetuates 3 main heroes of the film:
- Frunzik Mkrtchyan(Rubik Khachikyan)
- Yevgeny Leonov(Ivan Volokhov)
- Vakhtang Kikabidze(Valiko Mizandari)
For those who wonder why Dilijan city was chosen as the location for the monument here is the motive. According to “Mimino” movie scenario, one of the heroes of the movie driver Rubik was from Dilijan.
As the monument, has also a small fountain with drinking water, here tourists can not only take photos, but also try the Armenian tasty water. Interestingly, Armenian water was so highly valued by one of the main characters of the movie, Rubik.
“In Dilijan, you just turn on the tap and out flows the water…it’s the second best in the world”, boasted Rubik in the movie.
After so many years anyone who will be in this town will have the opportunity to check the loyalty of his words. Don’t lose the chance to enjoy the rich nature of Dilijan and take photos in front of this impressive statue.
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