Title Memorial at Armenian Church of Montevideo, Uruguay. Type of Memorial Inscription, Monumental Sculpture, Sponsor(s) Armenian community of Montevideo. Architect/Designer/Artist Architect: Kh. Vardanian; Sculptor: N. Hounanian. Placement Freestanding sculpture of a figure on a circular pedestal. Physical Setting Erected in the courtyard of the Armenian Church. Flat land. Tourist Amenities Yes Map Designation "Diocese Igresia Armenia del Urugua" or "Armenian Church of Montevideo." Physical Condition Well preserved. Inscription "1915 – 1975 April 24 In memory of one million Armenian martyrs victims of the genocide committed by the Turkish government in 1915." (Translated from Spanish). Location Diocese Iglesia Armenia del Urugua, 2842/45, Avenida Agraciada,
Construction Began Early 1970s Construction Completed 1975 Dedication Date 24 April 1975 Prior Use of Site Church courtyard. History of Ownership Owned by the Armenian Church & the Armenian community. Additional Information Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.
URUGUAY PLANS ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MUSEUM
July 22 2013
July 22, 2013 - 10:42am, by Giorgi Lomsadze
They may be 8,000 miles apart, but Uruguay and Armenia have a history
together. And, so, perhaps it should come as no surprise that the
Latin American country is slotted to become the first state apart from
Armenia to build a museum dedicated to Ottoman Turkey's World-War-I-era
slaughter of ethnic Armenians.
The museum in Montevideo is scheduled to open in 2015, on the
centennial anniversary of the killings, and will have rooms dedicated
to other genocides as well, local officials say.
Armenia's tensions with Turkey over the massacre play out in various
venues around the world, and national takes on the subject tend to
be commensurate with the size and influence of Armenian Diasporas.
Uruguay is home to one of the oldest Armenian communities in South
America and many of its members are descendants of victims of the
killings. Several Armenian churches, and non-profit groups exist,
along with Armenian-language radio stations and a newspaper.
In 1965, Uruguay became the first country - even ahead of Armenia
itself, which was under Soviet rule at the time - to recognize the
massacre as genocide. It once even mulled recognition of Nagorno
Karabakh, an ethnic-Armenian disputed territory that most of the
world places under Azerbaijan's jurisdiction.
Turkey views the massacre as a casualty of war and resists Armenian's
struggle to secure international recognition of the slaughter
as genocide. It has not yet responded to the Uruguayan museum's
Hayastan or Bust.
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