Mother Armenia is one of the most unique statues of Yerevan that is a symbol of victory of the World War II. The breathtaking and panorama view around it makes it so much more appealing to the visitors.
Mother Armenia is an amazing statue that represents the strong will of Armenian people and its nation. The spirit of victory and the pride of Armenian people can be felt around.
So, it should be one of the places that you may want to visit while your stay in Armenia.
Mother Armenia Statue in Yerevan
Location of Mother of Armenia
Mother Armenia is situated at the eastern end of Victory Park (Haghtanak Park), on the top of the well-known Cascade Complex, more precisely on Azatutyan Avenue, area 2.
The height of Mother Armenia is 22 meters. If it includes the enormous pedestal, the overall monument height makes up to 51 meters. It makes the statue look very much like a wide-awake guardian of the capital city.
How to get there (NOTE)
Actually, it is difficult to find regular public transport that would take you up there, so, the most convenient way is to take a taxi. The ride must be cheap although it depends on which part of the city you come from.
The place is walkable and the view is nice so you would probably feel like reaching there on foot as well.
History of Mother Armenia
Mother Armenia (Mayr Hayastan) is a 20th century historical monument carrying huge cultural significance and representing female personification of Armenia itself.
The current statue replaces a monumental statue built in 1950 and devoted to Joseph Stalin as a victory memorial for World War 2.
One of the outstanding architects on that period, R. Israyelyan, designed the pedestal realizing that “the glory of dictators is temporary”. He believed that the statue of Stalin would not remain there for long time; thus, he made the pedestal resemble a traditional Armenian church architecture.
Only in 1962, 9 years after Stalin’s death, his statue was removed from the pedestal and replaced by Mother Armenia.
Symbolism of Mother of Armenia
Mother Armenia symbolizes both peace and strength. It recalls the important value and high status attributed to females in Armenian families.
The statue is a collectivistic representation of Armenian women who took up arms and stood with their husbands during clashes with Turkish and Kurdish troops and irregulars.
But, the statue actually carries larger connotation and involves more symbolism.
That is, Mother Armenia, with her huge sword at ready, apparently is ready to lash out and attack in case of danger.
Military Museum of the Ministry of Defense inside Mother Armenia Statue
The 9th of May, the day of victory, is annually celebrated by thousands of ordinary Armenian people and officials. They visit the Military Museum of the Ministry of Defense after they have laid flowers near the Mother of Armenia to commemorate the Armenian martyrs of World War II.
Initially, the museum was dedicated to World War II and contained exhibits about it. Currently, most of the presented exhibition is devoted to Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) War of 1988–1994.
There are various historical articrafts (30 000 items) such as weapons, personal belongings, documents of war participants, also, Shushi liberation map worked out by Armenian forces.
Some odd items at museum
There are also a few unexpected items such as a couple of swastikas that would make some visitors get surprised by discovering them here presented at the museum.
It is interesting to know that the symbol has been used in different spheres of Armenian culture, for example, in sculpture, architecture, historical buildings, and art. One of the historical buildings is the main gate of Ani, the capital city of medieval Armenia.
Swastikas have been symbolizing eternity, sunshine and many other meanings since the ancient times. But, because Nazi made the symbol more famous in the world, unfortunately, most people still associate it with Nazis.
Other Things to know regarding Mother Armenia Statue
In 2015, Armenia celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Victory Park establishment. It was named “Victory” to commemorate Soviet Armenia’s participation in World War II.
Situated at the very top of Cascade Yerevan, the park is very large and its vast territory includes an amusement park, an artificial lake and cafes. Usually, there are families or friends picnics organized in the park.
This park is a favorite of small children especially during summer when there are a lot of cartoon characters, ice cream shops around. Also, the park is a nice place for people who like morning jogging and exercises.
The amusement park
The amusement park is a part of Victory Park. The area is located right next to the open-air war gear and makes an odd contrast between martial tanks, missiles and colorful merry-go-rounds which, in turn, makes the place even more attractive and spectacular.
On 1st of June, the International Day of Children Rights Protection, the park becomes a hub spot of amusement where children from all over Armenia come to celebrate the day. Some Armenian celebrities also join it to make the day special and unforgettable for the children.
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After some highlighted things are said and mentioned, we would like to emphasize the special meaning Mother Armenia has for Armenian people.
It is a vivid symbol of the people’s strength which, regardless of any condition, will remain there representing the almightiness of this small yet always struggling and never giving up nation.