Relics from Deir ez-Zor to Be Preserved in Stepanakert

Above: the ruins of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir ez-Zor, Syria after its destruction by the Islamic State. Below: a new Armenian Genocide memorial in Artsakh.

STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)—The events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide in Arstakh are not limited to commemorations. Events, conferences, cultural and political meetings are to be held throughout the year. In an interview with Armenpress, Artsakh’s Presdential Spokesman David Babayan said that in mid-April the opening ceremony of a bell tower monument, which is dedicated to the victims of Armenian Genocide, will take place in Stepanakert.

“The monument is a unique structure and will become the most important memorial which is dedicated to the centenary of Armenian Genocide. The relics brought from Deir ez-Zor will be buried in the foundation of the bell tower, which have been given to us by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. The bell tower will become a place where people of Artsakh will come and will pay their respects,” David Babayan said.


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  1. Norin said:

    These relics should have ALWAYS been in Armenia/Artzakh instead of inside an ill fated out of place church in the middle of the Syrian desert. What a waste of effort and resources Der Zor was, now it lies in ruins because of the short sighted decisions of overtly emotional Armenians. There could have been no greater honor than to have had a great church built in Armenia proper, where it would be still standing as a beacon of remembrance for those poor souls instead of being a pile of rubble at the hands of ISIS animals.

    Amazingly enough, only mere months after the Der Zor destruction, our circus parade leadership decided to build yet another church in Jordan. Wonder how long this one will stand before it is brought crashing down by foreign militia.

    • Hratch said:

      There are two reasons for which you complain. First, the diasporan Armenians do not feel attached to the motherland. Their motherland is a utopian state domiciling in their minds. The reality and their imagination do not conform. The other is the lack of cooperation and openness by the motherland. The diaspora does not feel welcomed nor accommodated in their motherland. They feel out of place and to smooth over their feels they have created micro communities to reflect their interpretation of the motherland. Therefore, these two polarizing effects has created two separate identities, two distinct dialects, two Mother sees and two nonconforming cultures.