Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi

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Visiting Western Armenia

Over 30 students of Yerevan State Medical University along with the university professors Eduard Avetisyan, Melik Soghomonyan and members of university administrative staff Larisa Parseghyan, Samvel Baroyan and Gor Matevosyan visited Western Armenia within September of 2011.

The first destination on the route to our historical motherland was the City of Kars with its ancient fortress and St. Apostles Church (to our deep commiseration, it had been reconstructed into a mosque). Another devastating fact disappointed the university personnel even more: they were deeply affected finding the house of famous Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents in a dilapidated state and partially ruined.

The ancient city of Van, the blue waters of Lake Van and the Urartian Castle were the next destination. In Aghtamar Church, considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the Armenian church architecture, university students performed heartfelt Armenian church ministry.

On their route the university students along with the staff climbed approximately two thousand km of Mount Ararat waving the Armenian flag from this height of the biblical mountain.

Visiting Historical Western Armenia was impressive and memorable offering a passionate insight into the cultural crossroads represented by different cities, among them Sarighamish and Alashkert; though ruined, it is worth mentioning that these cities were once known as Armenian cultural centres.

This visit was implemented within the frameworks of events dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of RA Independence being supported and patronised by the YSMU Student Parliament and the Youth Foundation of Armenia.


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