Year of creation:2008
- Rider(s):Mamikonian, Vartan
(393-451) also known as Saint Vardan was an Armenian military leader, a martyr and a saint of the Armenian Church. He is best known for leading the Armenian army at the Battle of Avarayr in 451, which ultimately secured the Armenians’ right to practice Christianity.
The Battle of Avarayr was fought on 2 June 451 on the Avarayr Plain in Vaspurakan between the Armenian Army under Vardan Mamikonian and Sassanid Persia. It is considered one of the first battles in defense of the Christian faith in history. Although the Persians were victorious on the battlefield, the battle proved to be a major strategic victory for Armenians, as Avarayr paved the way to the Nvarsak Treaty of 484 AD, which affirmed Armenia’s right to practise Christianity freely.>
The battle is seen as one of the most significant events in Armenian history.
- Sculptor(s):Papoyan, Artush
The statue is part of the memorial on the battle of Avarayr.
The four standing figures are: Catholicos Hovsep I of Armenia, Gevond Yerets, Mamikonians mother and Prince Arshavi II of Kamsarakan