Not being a fan of genocide or holocaust museums, I ended up reluctantly at the top of the hill mainly due to external circumstances. The museum location is privileged, with outstanding views towards Yerevan and the omnipresent but few times visible, Mount Ararat. The actual museum is accessible through a staircase sinking from the plateau where a Soviet style columned memorial with the eternal flame in the centre is erected. Entering the museum, a vast mural showing a map from the early XXth century Armenian population throughout the Ottoman Empire is displayed on a wall. This provides a strong impact considering the actual size Armenia, compared to walled map. Subsequently, entering the main exhibition hall, a set of glass displays relate the history of the genocide, containing all sort of maps and figures regarding the Armenian population in what is today Turkey, its cities, and architecture. As well, there are manuscripts from foreign diplomats explaining to their governments the political situation in which Armenians were driven towards dead end situations followed by statements of actual genocide. All these documents are orderly displayed portraying educationally the historical facts that happened throughout the years and ended with the 1915 genocide. The visit becomes emotional, but worth every second spent inside the museum and instructional raising awareness about humankind its lack of limits during ethnic conflicts.
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