About the conference under the theme “Reconstruction of Surb Hakobavank and development of the community”

On September 26, a conference on the topic “Reconstruction of Surb Hakobavank and Community Development” was held at the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran) on the initiative of the “reArmenia”, and “Arevahovit” platforms, as well as the “Effective Government” Foundation.

The conference began with a welcome speech by the head of the Artsakh diocese, Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, and with an address by His Holiness Garegin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Architect Samvel Ayvazyan presented a project for the reconstruction of the complex, a video presentation dedicated to the Monastery of Metsaranits Surb Hakobavank was shown.

Within the framework of the conference, the book by the ethnographer Lilit Simonyan "Memory of the Patriarch St. Hakob of Mtsbin among Armenians" was presented. In the second part of the meeting, discussions on the spiritual, cultural and educational role of Hakobavank monastery were held.  The importance of pilgrimage and the community development plan were also discussed. The conference was attended by clergymen, ethnographers, historians, and various figures who repeatedly emphasized the significance of the reconstruction of Hakobavank monastery and the importance of carrying out these works at a high professional level.

After the event, a meeting was held at the Department of Cultural Studies, YSU, with the Executive Founder of the "ReArmenia" platform Gevorg Poghosyan, the co-founder of the "Arevahovit" platform Lala Mneyan and the co-founder of the "Monitoring the Cultural Heritage of Artsakh" project Hamlet Petrosyan, during which problems of preservation and restoration of the cultural heritage of Artsakh were discussed, taking into account the current difficult political situation and challenges.