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“A powerful lesson in the dark side of man”
Review of Tsitsernakaberd

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Private Yerevan Tour: Erebuni Museum, Matenadaran, Tsitsernakaberd
Ranked #1 of 217 things to do in Yerevan
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Words cannot fully describe this place. I did not realize the extent of the Armenian Genocide. In about an hour, I fully understood the sorrow of this period at the end of World War I.

The long history of man's inhumanity to his fellow man has yet another example shown here.
There might be some people who feel that there is only one side presented. I personally was unaware of this time during "The Great War." Whatever the cause, it seemed as if 1/3 of the Armenian nation ceased to exist. The power of the photographs displayed, plus the knowledge that something similar would happen only 20 years later made this all the more thought provoking. I will read up on it now.

My host arranged a traditional Armenian lunch at an outdoor restaurant attached to the site. Sitting under a canopy of trees, listening to the birds, it heightened my experience of the day.

Of all the historical things I saw during my visit, this is the one that will demand more investigation.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

I was in and out in 30 minutes, was lucky that the tour had just started, though from the looks of the amount of girls at the reception, they probably have one tour after the other. They don't show the Ottoman (or Turkish) side of the story, snd at the end of the tour the tour guide said "you be the judge". I would have preferrred that the last statement wasn't mentioned since honestly there is no way to judge if this was a massacre or a civil war just from the few books in display. I would have felt better if they had suggested people read more and inform themselves more. But it is a small personal detail and the only museum I have seen in the world that exposes the genocide (I was convinced more by independent reading than the museum), but it made me curious to look it up.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

When the guide finished and said 'you can now be the jury' it struck me that this was the best way to present a cause like this rather than an overtly propaganda exhibition

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

visiting armenia it is a must to pay our respects to the genocide memorial. during 1915 but also earlier in the late nineteenth century, the ottoman empire did what they could to exterminate totally the armenians. long death marches through the desert, shooting and hanging, throwing bodies from cliffs, the turkification of eastern turkey had to be completed. apparently even the kurdish people were forced to participate in the massacre, becoming the next victims later in time. the memorial of the genocide of the armenian people in which more than a million people were killed is on a hill, a few kilometers from the centre of the city. it consists of a museum, circular, below an obelisk, and an eternal flame protected by 12 huge slabs of stone representing the apostles or the 12 areas of great armenia where the genocide was committed.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Somber and touching place. If you nothing about the Armenian tragedy, go to the nearby museum. Big park nearby is great for a walk.

Thank Jus H
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