Armenian statues have always attracted travelers from all around the world due to their unique shape, theme and symbolism. If you want to learn about their histories and unique features, then discover them with us.
Armenia is a truly wonderful place to visit. The country combines old-fashioned charm, modern buildings and a great deal of fun.
All of these characteristics will be revealed as you wander from museum to gallery, from pubs to concert halls, from busy streets to posh restaurants.
While wandering around the streets of Yerevan you will also come across Armenian statues in public places that can be a very pleasant surprise for those who are really interested in art.
Are you among such travelers? Then you are reading the right article because we have prepared for you a list of the most impressive statues in Armenia that not only beautify the environment but also reflect the society that lives in it.
Armenian Statue #1: Gevorg Emin
Have you ever been to “Lovers’ Park”? What a silly question! Of course, you have been there as it is almost impossible to wander the streets of Yerevan and miss the chance to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing in the coziest park of Yerevan.
So, what did you do in “Lovers’ Park”? Most likely you met your friends, enjoyed the peace and quiet of the surrounding area, listened to the birds singing, ate ice cream at “Achajour” café and of course asked your friend to take a photo for you next to “Gevorg Emin” and his cat.
What we feel when looking at this statue is simplicity, kindness and a true friendship between a man and his pat.
By the way it is not accidental that the Armenian statue is in Lover’s Park and not somewhere else. Gevorg Emin used to relax and hang out with his friends in this park. Back then it was called “Pushkin Park”.
Now the poet is no longer with us, but due to this statue locals and visitors feel Emin’s unique presence that since 2010, without any exception, puts smile on visitors’ face.
Armenian Statue #2: Arno Babajanyan
When enjoying strolls around beautiful Yerevan, you will definitely come across one of the most discussed Armenian statues of all times. That is surely Arno Babajanyan’s statue.
Arno Babajanyan is a Soviet Armenian composer and pianist whose music won him international fame.
Davit Bejanyan, the sculptor tried to depict the Armenian composer’s greatness, creativity and musicality.
However, many Armenians didn’t see any greatness in this statue when it was first unveiled in 2003. The only thing they saw was their beloved composer portrayed with a large nose, short legs and long arms.
In a word, the statue triggered hot discussions among other sculptors, artists, vendors, visitors, ordinary citizens, etc.
Now Arno Babajanyan’s statue is one of the favorites among locals and visitors. It has become a real landmark of central Yerevan and it is even hard to imagine Yerevan without this controversial and at the same time unique statue.
Make sure you will like Babajanyan’s statue so much that you will ask pedestrians to take a photo of you next to “Arno Babajanyan”.
Armenian Statue #3: Karabala
Once upon a time there lived a poor man who was always standing on Abovyan Street in Yerevan with a basket of flowers in his hand. His name was Karapet, but everyone called him Karabala (“a black boy”).
Karabala was born in a wealthy family but after the establishment of Soviet power, his family lost all the fortune.
So, Karabala started walking along the streets selling flowers, and he usually gave them to girls for free…
This is not a beginning of a fairy tale as you may think. This is a true story about a man who, thanks to his kindness and attitude, won the hearts of all Armenians.
Actually, Karabala still stands on Abovyan Street with a basket of flowers in his hand. But a lot of things have changed over time.
Now Karabala doesn’t give flowers to beautiful girls. Instead passers-by fill his basket with fresh flowers, stand next to him and take a photo.
And this is because Karabala is no longer alive, but due to Levon Tokmanjyan’s unique bronze statue, everyone knows and appreciates him in Armenia.
Armenian Statue #4: The Men
Right in the center of Yerevan, particularly in Saryan Park you will notice a unique statue of four men who are always surrounded with pedestrians.
You will come closer to this Armenian statue and wonder who these four men are. And it’s quite natural because this masterpiece is especially beloved by those who have watched the Armenian comedy film “The Men” featuring the four of Armenian’s most popular actors:
- Frunzik Mkrtchyan
- Azat Sherents
- Avetik Gevorgian
- Armen Aivazian
The film is about a true friendship between Armenian men who do their best to help each other.
One of the four friends, Aram falls in love with a beautiful lady, named Karine. But everything is not as simple as it may sound.
Aram is very shy and doesn’t have the courage to tell his beloved girl that he is desperately in love with her.
So, the trio tries to bring the two together, resulting in some of the film’s most beloved comical moments.
The film was so successful that in 2007 the film director’s (Edmond Keosayan) sons took the initiative to create this monument and invited their friend, Davit Minasyan for the realization of their idea.
As already mentioned “The Men” is located in Saryan Park, where the heroes 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 Statue #5: Water Selling Boy
It is no longer news that Armenia is one of the countries that hold the title of having a great natural resource of water.
In fact, water is treated as precious gift from nature in Armenia all year round.
However, still hundred years ago, Yerevan had serious problems with water supply, especially during the summer, when there were always endless queues near every fountain.
Because of this situation many city boys started roaming around the streets with a jug of water in their hands in Yerevan. They sang songs dedicated to water and offered pedestrians to buy fresh water.
The years went by and the problem of water had resolved. Only the statue of “Water Selling Boy” erected in 1970 by Hovhannes Bejanyan reminds us of the past when teenage boys had to sell water to earn a living.
By the way there is a song dedicated to the boy selling water which is still sung by Armenians.
Armenian Statue #6: Mother Arising Out of the Ashes
Judging by its name it’s easy to understand that the theme of “Mother Arising Out of the Ashes” is connected either to a war, calamity or a kind of tragedy.
And in case you are a bit familiar with Armenian history, you will know that the darkest page in Armenian history is the one connected to Genocide.
So, “Mother Arising Out of the Ashes” is dedicated to those who perished, survived and escaped the 1915 Genocide.
By the way don’t get surprised if one day you see the same statue in the city of Los Angeles, California.
This statue was dedicated by the Luther Eskijian and Stephen Lazarian families of Pasadena, California and has been located in the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex since 2002, giving visitors the opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of Armenian Genocide.
Statues in Armenia #7: Melody
After strolling, taking photos next to the statue of Arno Babajanyan and meeting swans in the “Swan Lake”, get ready to see a beautiful naked lady with wavy hair and head leaning on her hand.
Oh no! Don’t give freedom to your imagination. You will just see a statue of a naked lady whose eyes are shut and it seems she is carried away by a beautiful melody or maybe she is the melody herself.
The sculptor of this 1.4 meters high statue is Sargis Baghdasaryan whose work has decorated and completed the surroundings of the Swan Lake since 1965.
The statue is made of Aluminium and granite.
Statues in Armenia #8: Hands of Friendship
– Where shall we meet?
– Let me think
– What about meeting near the hands?
– Great idea! Will wait for you there!
This is a typical conversation between two Armenians who are arranging a meeting and finally decide to meet near the marble hands on the corner of Teryan and Isahakyan Streets.
We call this famous meeting place “Hands of Friendship” that symbolizes the friendship between Italian city of Carrara and Yerevan since 1965.
Though the sculptor of “Hands of Friendship” is Hilma Madera right after reaching Armenia the shape of hands was changed and the finishing touches were added by Armenian famous sculptor Ara Harutyunyan.
Now when your Armenian friends tell you to be near the hands you will know what they mean, won’t you?
Statues in Armenia #9: Sasuntsi Davit (David of Sasun)
The statue of David of Sasun is probably the most expressive statue and the true symbol of Yerevan.
David is the mythological hero of the Armenian folk epic poem, who drove Arab invaders out of the country.
From generation to generation, Armenians have preserved some interesting tales about David’s fearless and heroic deeds.
It is the creation of the renowned sculptor Yervand Kochar who aimed at embodying the freedom-loving aspirations of the Armenian people.
Yervand Kochar portrayed David on horseback in readiness to attack with his sword. He has an image of warrior-like hero who has gigantic strength.
Water flows from a bowl over the pedestal, signifying that when the cup of the people’s patience overflows, there is no mercy for the oppressor.
There is also 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.
Statues in Armenia #10: Mother Armenia
Without any exception, all residents of Yerevan will state that the ornament of the entire Yerevan is the statue of Mother Armenia, the female personification of Armenia which symbolizes peace through strength.
Its strategic location of being on a hill overlooking Yerevan makes “Mother Armenia” the guardian of the Armenian capital.
Designed by sculptor Ara Harutyunyan, Mother Armenia stands for all those Armenian women who were not afraid to take up arms and stand by their husbands during the clashes with Turkish troops and Kurdish irregulars.
Mother Armenia is one of the tallest statues in Yerevan. It is 22 meters (approximately 72 feet) high. Overall, the monument together with the statue is 51 meters (approximately 167 feet) high.
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