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Armenian Alphabet Alley

Nestled on the eastern slopes of majestic Mount Aragats, Armenian Alphabet Alley offers a unique journey through the heart of Armenian language and culture. More than just a tourist destination, it's a monument to the enduring spirit of a people and their devotion to their written word.

Armenian Alphabet Monument, often referred to as Armenian Alphabet Alley, is located in the Artashavan village of the Aragatsotn region, on the eastern slope of Mount Aragats (approximately 35 km away from Yerevan). The monument was built in 2005 to commemorate the 1600th anniversary of the creation of Armenian writing.

The monument includes sculptures of the 39 letters of the Armenian alphabet and monuments of Armenian greats.

 



Armenian Alphabet Alley in winter


Armenian alphabet was created in 405-406 and is still in use. Developed by Mesrop Mashtots, the Mashtotsian alphabet originally consisted of 36 letters, 3 more letters were added in the Middle Ages.


Sculptures:

"Gregory the Illuminator"

"The Creation of Alphabet, 405"

"Movses Khorenatsi"

"Mkhitar Gosh, Judgment book" (sculptor: Samvel Hakobyan)

"Anania Shirakatsi" (sculptor: Artush Papoyan, 4 m, tuff), with Shirakatsi's raised left hand holding the symbol of the earth and the universe, while his right hand points down. According to the sculptor, the hands stretched up and down are an eloquent testimony to the connection with heaven and earth.

"Khachatur Abovyan," with Abovyan's words carved at the bottom of the statue: "Give your breath, your soul, but don't give your homeland to the enemy."

"Tumanyan and Gikor" (sculptor: Sevo, Sargis Gharibyan)


Authors:

Author of the idea: Aghvan Hovsepyan

Architect: Fred Africyan


The Armenian Alphabet Alley stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the Armenian language and the rich cultural heritage of Armenia. It is a must-visit for anyone interested in language, history, and culture. The monument, set against the backdrop of Armenia’s Mount Aragats, offers a unique and enriching experience for visitors.

 

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