Disgusting aims of Mkrtich Minasyan to destroy the medieval Ani bridge

May 19 2010 at 2:39 AM

Response to ...and more destruction for Ani too.

Does Mkrtich Minasyan lack all understanding about how to treat historic monuments, or is greed the only thing that matters nowadays in Armenia? What is being consistantly revealed is that Armenia is no more to be trusted than Turkey when it concerns the corrrect way to conserve historic structures. They incorrectly (perhaps knowingly to gain more funding) apply words like "restore" and "reconstruct", claiming they are in someway connected to "preserve". However, "restoration" and "reconstruction" is not preservation, IT IS DESTRUCTION.

19:09 11/05/2010


If the efforts of a group of Armenian architects and culture figures
prove successful, the main bridge of the Armenian medieval capital
of Ani between Armenia and Turkey will be reconstructed.

"This is matter of time," the head of the Union of Architects of
Armenia Mkrtich Minasyan says. He is one of the initiators of the
project and he is convinced that the reconstruction of the bridge
would be of symbolic significance. "This bridge does not just connect
the two banks but the two countries, and through time people, the
representatives of the two nations, will be able to communicate,"
the architect explained.

It's the Armenian party that has raised the reconstruction of the
medieval bridge, connecting the Armenian Kharkov and Turkish Ani
bordering residences. The project has been filed to the Turkish side
and the latter expressed willingness to restore the bridge, though,
have taken no steps towards it by now.

Former Deputy Culture Minister of Armenia and current ICOMOS
(International Council on Monuments and Sites) Armenia President
Gagik Gyurjyan says "the bridge is half-heritage."

"Both Turkey and Armenia have joined lots of conventions on the
preservation of the cultural heritage and are obliged to contribute to
the joint preservation of this very heritage. So, as half-heritage,
we have initiated to restore the bridge, irrespective of borders,"
Gyurjyan said.

According to the Turkish media, the Economic Policy Research Foundation
of Turkey, TEPAV, has submitted the project to Turkish high authorities
and the latter have approved it.

"This damaged bridge, built by the Armenian Kingdom, is associated
with the total absence of economic and political relations between
the two countries and its reconstruction could symbolize the new era
of bilateral relations," Turkish media wrote.

The capital of Ani, founded by the Bagratids in 961 A.D., was one of
the outstanding cities of historical Armenia, known for its temples,
churches, walls. Historians evidence that 5 stone bridges, over 30
m long, on Akhuryan River tied Ani with the outer world.

Monument specialist Samvel Karapetyan has not been informed about
the initiative and he is not involved in the works. "This is a unique
bridge, we have had few such bridges," he said.

"Ani is a collection of pearls: both religious and architectural,
like this bridge. Ani has such a school of architecture, any monument
here is a pearl," Karapetyan said.

"After reconstruction it may serve for pedestrians and can be best
sample of cultural heritage at the same time," ICOMOS President says.

"Tourists will use the bridge to get to Ani from Shirak," this is
what Mkrtich Minasyan thinks.

However, Samvel Karapetyan is more interested why restore the bridge,
for in Ani there are thousands of monuments worth reconstruction. "The
words on establishing connection are hollow. Any building can be a
way of establishing connection. The bridge has no stressed identity
for the Turkish, that is to say, they are afraid to touch an Armenian
church or monastery, while, about bridges they could say: how on earth
it comes to be Armenian? Only religious constructions - khachkars,
cemeteries, churches - highlight the national identity and they are
afraid to approach these," he said.

Anyway, Minasyan says, a bid has been submitted with ICOMOS to back
the reconstruction of the bridge.

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