Which cultural and historical monument buildings will be destroyed in Yerevan? “Victims of Eminent Domain” NGO Chairman Sedrak Baghdasaryan points out buildings.
“These are buildings number 10 and 12 on Abovyan Street, and building no. 12 is the building located a bit down Tulip Hotel Yerevan.
Here the party of Vazgen Manukyan is located, as well as stone exhibition, and the other building is where Maxim Gorky lived. Buildings no. 2 and 4 in Pushkin Street will also be destroyed together with fire-brigade center constructed by Buniatyan. Recently it turned out there are wine jars in the basement of the building at 4 Pushkin Street, where wine was stored in the 18th century. It has been made a decision to destroy building no. 13 Deghatan Street, as well as buildings no. 11, 13 and 15 in Tigran Mets Street.”
According to the certificate prepared by the Interest Protection Department of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, 29 cultural and historical monument-buildings were destroyed in Yerevan in 2000-2006.
Abobyan 12, 13 buildings
Pushkin 2, 4 buildings
Deghatan 13 building
Tigran Mets 11,13,15 buildings
“Many cultural and historical monuments were created in the Soviet period, for example, Opera Buildings, the building of the Language Institute located on the crossroad of Abovyan-Sayat Nova streets, where the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia was founded. The architect of this building was a woman – Anna Ter-Avetiqyan. It’s an exclusive case for us, when we had such a well-known female architect and the building she constructed was awarded a golden medal in Paris for its architectural solutions, but now it’s been destroyed. Yerevan railway station was constructed, as well as the Moscow Cinema buildings and its summer cinema, the covered market.”
The building of the Language Institute
He listed other cultural and historical buildings, where were destroyed in the years of independence. “…The cultural and historical monument of Sevan Hotel was destroyed. Yerevan Town Hall used to be in the area of Congress Hotel: it was a two-story black building. The building of the Olympic Committee is also a cultural and historical monument, the half of it has been destroyed and an elite building has been constructed. There are monument buildings, which are protected and can be found in the list of cultural and historical monuments approved by the Armenian Government, but they have already been constructed, for example, Janpoladyan theatre, which later turned into Officer’s House. It used to be Yerevan Theater, where Komitas had a concert and where Anush opera by Tigranyan was first performed. The location of Officer’s House is now one of the most expensive buildings in Yerevan.”
The second appendix of the resolution on cultural and historical monuments gives a list, which says that 14 cultural and historical monuments will be dismantled in 2004. As of today, only four ones haven’t been dismantled. When we say dismantle I understand dismantling it and reconstructing in another place. Let the government point out at one of these ten buildings. I have made an enquiry to the Ministry of Culture, where they replied, “Though the monument was dismantled despite our opinion, the site developer promised to reconstruct this building in another place.”
Let them show where these buildings have been reconstructed. When you apply to know who destroyed it and where the stones are, it turns out they don’t even know the whereabouts of the stones.”
18:28 February 22, 2016