Tsitsernakaberd (Genocide Museum and Memorial)
Overlooking the city of Yerevan, Tsitsernakaberd is a memorial honouring the memory of the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide that took place in the Ottoman Empire carried out by the Turkish government. The monument is made up of two sections: the 140-foot (44m) stele symbolizes the national rebirth of Armenians while the circular construction of 12 slabs represent the 12 lost provinces in present day Turkey and in the centre of the circle, at around five feet down (1.5 meters) is an eternal flame. Every year on 24 April hundreds of thousands of people gather at the monument and lay flowers around the eternal flame. The attached museum and archival area houses several large exhibitions, administrative, engineering and technical spaces in three indoor halls and one outdoor section.
Tsitsernakaberd is a sobering reminder of national tragedy for the Armenian people, and visitors should be respectful of the sombre environment when visiting by refraining from loud disruptions and horseplay.
Address: Memorial Complex of Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan
Telephone: (374 10) 39 09 81
Opening times: Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: Free but donations are welcome