Gianmarco Maraviglia | Photojournalist


Hayastan 1915


On April 24th, 2015, Armenians celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, one of the most important events in the history of the country, which brought the world’s attention to the memory of the million and a half Armenians killed in 1915.In the capital Yerevan the entire population went to Dzidzernagapert, the memorial of Genocide, to leave a flower, and in Echmiadzin - considered the Armenian Vatican and the seat of the Catholicos Karekin II, head of the national church - the Armenian martyrs were canonized. Armenia, the oldest country to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301, is officially at war with Azerbaijan for the control of Nagorno-Karabakh, former Armenian enclave in Azerbaijani territory assigned to Baku by Stalin. And the Soviet past has still a very strong infuelnce in the daily life of the country, Russian is commonly spoken and studied in schools

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  1. Yerevan, Armenia. On the hill that houses the memorial stands the stele, 44 meters high, representing the rebirth of Armenians. Here the celebration for the 100 years anniversary of Genocide.
    Yerevan, Armenia. On the hill that houses the memorial stands the stele, 44 meters high, representing the rebirth of Armenians. Here the celebration for the 100 years anniversary of Genocide.
  2. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide.
    Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide.
  3. Yerevan, Armenia. Throughout the city you can see posters recalling the Genocide. Police patrolling the most sensitive sites
    Yerevan, Armenia. Throughout the city you can see posters recalling the Genocide. Police patrolling the most sensitive sites
  4. Yerevan, Armenia. A craftsman builds monuments of the ancient stones design
    Yerevan, Armenia. A craftsman builds monuments of the ancient stones design
  5. Yerevan, Armenia. In the park the monument of the Great Mother Armenia there is an amusement park fully functional dating back to the Soviet period
    Yerevan, Armenia. In the park the monument of the Great Mother Armenia there is an amusement park fully functional dating back to the Soviet period
  6. Lake Sevan, Armenia. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, on its shores there are many tourist facilities dating back to sovietico. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was Considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, Referred to collectively as the 'Seas of Armenia
    Lake Sevan, Armenia. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, on its shores there are many tourist facilities dating back to sovietico. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was Considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, Referred to collectively as the 'Seas of Armenia
  7. Yerevan, Armenia. Children participate in a dance class in the city center
    Yerevan, Armenia. Children participate in a dance class in the city center
  8. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide.
    Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide.
  9. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide.
    Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide.
  10. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred louis for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide. The presence of police and military is impressive for fear of attacks.
    Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred louis for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide. The presence of police and military is impressive for fear of attacks.
  11. Yerevan, Armenia. The Cascade is a giant stairway. It links the downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. The construction of the cascade designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, Sargis Gurzadyan was launched in 1971 and completed in 1980.
    Yerevan, Armenia. The Cascade is a giant stairway. It links the downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. The construction of the cascade designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, Sargis Gurzadyan was launched in 1971 and completed in 1980.
  12. Yerevan, Armenia. On the hill that houses the memorial stands the stele, 44 meters high, representing the rebirth of Armenians. Here the celebration for the 100 years anniversary of Genocide.
    Yerevan, Armenia. On the hill that houses the memorial stands the stele, 44 meters high, representing the rebirth of Armenians. Here the celebration for the 100 years anniversary of Genocide.
  13. Yerevan, Armenia. The night between 24 and 25 April all poolazione went to the main square of the city, Republic Square, for a candlelight vigil until the memorial.
    Yerevan, Armenia. The night between 24 and 25 April all poolazione went to the main square of the city, Republic Square, for a candlelight vigil until the memorial.
  14. Lake Sevan, Armenia. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, on its shores there are many tourist facilities dating back to sovietico. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was Considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, Referred to collectively as the 'Seas of Armenia'
    Lake Sevan, Armenia. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, on its shores there are many tourist facilities dating back to sovietico. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was Considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, Referred to collectively as the 'Seas of Armenia'
  15. Yerevan, Armenia. View of the city. In the background you can see the Memorial.
    Yerevan, Armenia. View of the city. In the background you can see the Memorial.
  16. Nagorno Karabakh. In car to the border with Iran, where they were sent some Syrian refugees of Armenian origin. Nagorno is a land dispute with Azerbaijan, a country with which Armenia is officially at war and the Syrian refugees are sent there in exchange for land and house for demographic reasons.
    Nagorno Karabakh. In car to the border with Iran, where they were sent some Syrian refugees of Armenian origin. Nagorno is a land dispute with Azerbaijan, a country with which Armenia is officially at war and the Syrian refugees are sent there in exchange for land and house for demographic reasons.
  17. Yerevan, Armenia.On the esplanade of the hill Dzidzernagapert (Strong swallows) in 1966 it was built the Memorial of Genocide. The author is the architect Artur Tarkhanian.
    Yerevan, Armenia.On the esplanade of the hill Dzidzernagapert (Strong swallows) in 1966 it was built the Memorial of Genocide. The author is the architect Artur Tarkhanian.
  18. Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide.
    Echmiadzin, Armenia. In one of the most sacred places for the Armenian Church the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, celebrated the canonization of all the martyrs of Genocide.
  19. Yerevan, Armenia. Downtown.
    Yerevan, Armenia. Downtown.
  20. Yerevan, Armenia. Throughout the city you can see posters recalling the Genocide.
    Yerevan, Armenia. Throughout the city you can see posters recalling the Genocide.