ARMENIAN ARCHITECTS CALL TO PRESERVE GANDZASAR MONASTERY ORIGINAL LOOK
July 12, 2011 - 10:21 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian architects call for preserving Gandzasar
Monastery - the Armenian Notre Dame, said Stepan Nalbandyan, Deputy
Chairman of association of architects and restorers of historical
"Gandzasar is an important historical monument, known across the globe,
and conduction of restoration works 'by a whim' without preliminary
project, scientific and methodological council is unacceptable,"
Nalbandyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.
"For example, in France no one would dare touch Notre Dame without
presenting a project and decision of a methodological council.
Gandzasar is our Notre Dame, and we must protect it," he said.
The claims that coating of the fence surrounding the monastery will
strengthen it, does not square with reality, according to him.
"The coating is just an additional burden for the fence; quite other
methods should be applied for carrying out restoration works," the
expert said adding that restoration works of historic monument must
not comprise innovative interference methods.
Among variants for solution of the problems, Nalbandyan offered to
demolish the coating and to restore fence surrounding the monastery
in its past and true look.
"If not, we shall lose our historic and cultural value forever,"
the expert said.
Coating of 13 century fence surrounding Gandzasar Monastery in Nagorno
Karabakh aroused stir in Facebook and amid bloggers and art lovers.
According to Facebook poll, presently 2086 people opposed to coating
of monastery fence, with only 35 favoring the idea.