The Armenians fought through centuries and decades, millions of heroes died for the independence of their country. The Armenian brave women were equally struggling among the soldiers and that's why the statue is a female role of Armenia.
The Mother Armenia Memorial Complex opened in Victory Park, in 1950. The author was a famous Armenian architect Rafael Israelyan. A statue has a height of 52 meters. The complex was planned to be the Armenian Church. In 1970 in the monument opened the first museum ‘‘Armenia in the Great Patriotic War in 1941-1945’’ but already in 1995, it was renamed ‘‘Mother Armenia’’ Military Museum of the Ministry of Defence of RA. The second exhibition is called the “Artsakh Liberation War in 1988-1994”.
On the first floor, you will see the pictures of Armenians who took part in World War II. You will be able to see 6 Armenian National Divisions and the heroic activity of well-known Armenian Marshals like Hovhannes Baghramian, Hovhannes Isakov, Hamazasp Babajanyan, Armenak Khamperyants. Also, you will see the portraits of Heroes of the Soviet Union and on the walls of the black granite of Memorial Hall is written the names of Heroes of the Soviet Union.
The next exhibition is devoted to the Artsakh Liberation Movement, where you will see the National Heroes of Armenia and Artsakh. Here are displayed the activity of heroes, the kinds of Arm Forces of the Army of the RA, military operations and the Diorama of the liberation of the ancient capital of Artsakh Shushi. The second floor of the Mother Armenia Military Museum is the Hall of Celebration, there you will see the Grave of Unknown Soldier which is devoted to those soldiers who were killed and lost in the battles. On display are the personal belongings, weapons, and documents of participants, and the walls are decorated with their portraits. Among other historical artifacts, there is a map on which Armenian forces worked out their campaign for the capture of Shushi.
The Mother Armenia statue symbolizes peace through strength. It shows that not only men but also Armenian women struggled for the independence of Armenia. It reminds viewers of the prominent female figures in Armenian history, who took up weapons to help their husbands in battles. The location of the statue on a hill overlooking Yerevan makes it look like a guardian of the Armenian capital.
Every year on 9 May, thousands of Armenians visit the statue of Mother Armenia and lay flowers to commemorate the Armenian heroes of the Second World War and Artsakh's war.
The Museum is open:
From Tuesday to Friday 10:00-17:00
On Saturdays and Sundays 10:00-15:00
The Museum is closed on:
National Holidays and Memorial Days
The entrance is free.