Sardarapat Memorial complex is a unique object of architecture established in honor of the crushing victory of Armenian people in the Armenian-Turkish battle of 1918. This historic event had a decisive role for Armenia. The memorial ensemble was erected in 1968 in connection with the fiftieth anniversary of the battle. Red tuff was predominantly used for construction. The central object of the architectural complex is the tomb-bell tower on both sides of which there are huge sculptures in the form of winged bulls. There is a mass grave underneath it where the soldiers who died during the battle are buried. Bulls symbolize those who survived and now protect the memory of the dead. Another element of Sardarapat complex is the memorial Wall of the Victory decorated with bas-relief.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Sardarapat Memorial by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Sardarapat Memorial the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Sardarapat Memorial depends on the weather conditions.
The magnificent belfry (35 m high) is located on a stepped base. The belfry consists of four columns, through the gaps of which you can see the azure sky. The bells ring every year on the day of the historic victory.
There is also a museum on the territory the Sardarapat memorial complex, which was established under the Decision No. 82 by the Council of Ministers of Armenia on February 16, 1978, and on September 13 of the same year it was officially opened. The historical and cultural heritage of the Armenian ethnos, preserved from ancient times to the present day, is exhibited and studied at the Sardarapat Museum.
The museum has a collection of more than 70,000 exhibits. Expositions of ethnography and the national liberation movement of Armenia are represented on the exhibition hall. Among remarkable exhibits are: the bronze statues of the late Bronze and early Iron Age, the bust of a tribe leader – an inhabitant of the Armenian highlands in the III millennium BC, the clay fireplace, the types of weapons, etc.
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