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Tsitsernakaberd (Armenia)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
20min walk from Yerevan
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Tsitsernakaberd

Nicolas Landru Travel writer
117 travel articles

A trip to Tsitsernakaberd is a must during a visit to Yerevan. The Armenian Genocide Museum is the best place to go if you want to understand the country and its culture. A modern, sombre building, people come to leave tributes and pray.

My suggestion:
Take a walk around the memorial garden, with trees and plants dedicated to the victims of the genocide by foreign dignitaries, whose names are on plaques by each tree.

When you think about the history of the Armenian people during the 20th Century and the ensuing upheaval that lead to the creation of the Republic of Armenia, you can't help but be moved by Tsitsernakaberd. You must pay a visit to the eternal flame, which sits in the centre of twelve stelae, placed in honour of the 1.2 million people who were systematically massacred by the then Turkish government.

This vast memorial sits on a hill that overlooks Yerevan, It's even more moving when you think that when it was commissioned in 1965, it was designed to be small. Little by little, it grew in size to become a huge construction undertaken by the Soviet authorities.

On arriving at Tsitsernakaberd you'll find a huge plaza and a wall that bears the name of the Ottoman Empire's Armenian villages where the genocide occurred. In the centre, a 44m granite stele rises, a symbol of Armenia's rebirth. Behind it, twelve stelae circle a flame, the focal point around which tributes are laid. And underground you'll find the small Armenian Genocide Museum, home to historical documents that relate the events. It will leave you shaken.

The Armenian Genocide Museum