The solemn opening ceremony of "Heritage in danger: Artsakh" exhibition

24 April, 2021

On April 24, the solemn opening of the exhibition “Heritage in danger: Artsakh" organized by the Cultural Diplomacy Committee under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held at the lobby of Yerevan Municipality.

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, Speaker of the National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan, members of the Security Council and the Government of Armenia, spiritual leaders of the Armenian Apostolic Church, high-ranking foreign delegations arrived to Armenia to participate in the events dedicated to the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, as well as heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Armenia and others attended the event.

The exhibition included more than 120 photos representing the historical-cultural and religious heritage of Artsakh, books published in Shushi, manuscripts and carpets created in Artsakh.

Welcoming the guests, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Ara Aivazian noted that the pre-planned Genocide of the Armenian population 106 years agomarked the beginning of the cultural genocide as well. "In 2020, 105 years after the Armenian Genocide, we once again faced a disaster planned and carried out by the same logic and methods. During and as a result of the large-scale war waged by Azerbaijan and Turkey against Artsakh, a part of the Armenian people appeared in danger of annihilation, deprivation of their homeland, and its cultural heritage was on the verge of complete destruction.”

Therefore, today it is imperative for us to save the thousands of cultural, including religious monuments under the Azerbaijani control in Artsakh, especially since there are already cultural monuments targeted by the Azerbaijani armed forces, such as the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi and Kanach Zham.”

The exhibition will be open from April 25 to May 2. Free entrance; working hours from 11:00 to 17:00 (entrance from the Yerevan History Museum).

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