Aghitu monument

AGITU MONUMENT

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It is one of the most famous ancient Syunik settlements and situated 7 km east to the Sisian on a circled hill on the left bank of the Vorotan River. Aghitu is considered as one of the first religious, military and influential settlements of the Syunik region.

Aghitu is famous by its prominent graveside bust-monument built in 6th or 7th centuries. The monument is a three-stored structure with two roaring columns and the central 8-sided pillar is completed with a circled stone image.

Three columns symbolizing the Holy Trinity are roaring above them. The sculptures on the monument are resembled the sculptures of the St. Grigor Lusavorich and Zvartnots churches. Stone inscriptions are available on it as well. This monument, together with Otsun's one is considered as a unique and memorial. It is worth mentioning that the columns of the Sardarapat memorial are copied from this monument-graveside bust. The meaning of the Aghitu monument is controversial among the scientific circles. According to the national legend here two martyred brothers are rested upon. One of the versions states that here is the tomb of the people martyred for their Christian belief. Another version based on archaeological excavations states that it was a part of the great complex with a church next to it (10-11th centuries) and other monumental structures. Indeed, beneath the monument early mediaeval tombs have been excavated. The monument refers to the martyrs of the Avarayr Battle as well and the graveside bust have erected in the sake of these martyred people. The name of the village (Aghxitu-Aghitu) prompts us that it was the agh-estate of the Syunik's governors and there is another version as well that it is their family cemetery. There is a version that it have been erected based on the collective funeral action of died fighters as Romans do. Two basalt-made sculptures and the other excavated materials from the monument are preserved in the Sisian's museum of the history.