Victory Park

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Address: Liberty Ave, Yerevan

Working days: Monday-Sunday

Working hours: 07:00-01:00

 

 

 

 

Victory Park or “Hakhtanak” Park is located on the green space of Norksk. It is dedicated to the victory of the USSR in the Second World War. It is one of favorite places for Yerevan citizens. The monument called “Mother Armenia” personifying the eternal readiness of Armenia to protect its people. “Mother Armenia” is a sculpture of a woman with a sword in hands and shield at her feet personifying the image of the Native land.

 

The current statue replaces a monumental statue of Joseph Stalin that was created as a victory memorial for the Great Patriotic War.

 

During Stalins reign of the Soviet Union, Grigor Harutyunyan, the first secretary of the Armenian Communist Partys Central Committee and members of the government oversaw the construction of the monument which was completed and unveiled to the people on November 29, 1950.

 

The statue was considered a masterpiece of the sculptor Sergey Merkurov. The pedestal was designed by the architect Raphael Israelian.

 

Realizing that occupying a pedestal can be a short-term honor, Israelyan designed the pedestal to resemble an Armenian church - at least on the inside.

 

In 1967 the statue of Stalin was removed (with two workers being killed during the process) and replaced by the Mother Armenia statue, designed by Ara Harutyunyan.

 

Mother Armenia is the female personification of Armenia. Her most visual rendering is a monumental statue in Victory Park overlooking the capital city of Yerevan, Armenia.

 

The Mother Armenia statue symbolises peace through strength. It can remind viewers of some of the prominent female figures in Armenian history, such as Soseh Mayrik and others, who took up arms to help their husbands in their clashes with Turkish troops and Kurdish irregulars.

 

It also recalls the important status and value attributed to the older female members of an Armenian family.

 

Its strategic location of being on a hill overlooking Yerevan makes it look like she is the guardian of the Armenian capital. Each May 9, thousands walk past the statue of Mother Armenia to commemorate Armenias war dead.

 

The park complex has numerous alleys, a picturesque pond, numerous cafes and various amusements and rides. From the park there is a panoramic view to the downtown Yerevan.

 

The statue of David of Sasun is another unique monument in Yerevan. 



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