Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex
The Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex, often referred to as Tsitsernakaberd, was constructed to honor the millions of lives lost to the Armenian Genocide (1915-1917). Nearby is a museum, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, established in 1995, which contains artifacts and stories from the Genocide, and attempts to educate people on the horrific events.
The monument consists of a 44-meter stele, in which twelve slabs are set in a circle. This is meant to represent the twelve lost-provinces in Turkey. In the center of the circle is an “eternal flame” that commemorates the 1.5 million people killed during the Genocide. The memorial also contains a 100-meter wall with the names of towns and villages impacted. Most recently, a line of trees has been planted to commemorate the genocide victims.