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The Unveiling of the Karo Alabyan Monument in Moscow

On April 27, a Karo Alabyan monument was unveiled in Moscow. Such a gift to our city was made by the Embassy of Armenia in Russia with the assistance of the Government of Moscow and with the support of the Heritage and Progress Foundation.

Karo Alabyan was the principal architect of Moscow, founder of the Union of Architects #USSR, Vice President of the USSR Academy of Architecture. One of the first iconic buildings created by the architect in Moscow was the building of the Central Theater of the Red Army (now #ЦАТРА).

During the war, Alabyan was tasked with developing a General Plan for the destroyed Stalingrad. He was also involved in the creation of a project for the restoration of the main street of Kiev - Khreshchatyk. Among other things, he drafted a project for the development of Khimki residential area, as well as designed the ground entrance hall of the Krasnopresnenskaya station.

In Yerevan, as per Alabyan’s designs, together with Gevorg Kochar and Michael Mazmanyan, a Builders’ Club (now the Stanislavsky Russian Theater) and a residential “Chess” building had been built.

The Minister of the Government of Moscow, Head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations Sergey Cheremin, Head of the Sokol District Council of Moscow Alexey Borisenko, son of the architect Alabyan’s grand-nephew Georgy Melkonyan have all spoken at the event.

The Primate of the Diocese of Russia and New Nakhichevan in the Armenian Apostolic Church Yezras Nersisyan, the team responsible for the creation of the monument represented by the sculptor Georgy Frangulyan and architect Ashot Tatevosyan, Russian and Armenian functionaries of the architectural community, cultural, scientific and public spheres have also been there to witness the unveiling.

From now on, near the residential building No. 2 on Maly Peschany Lane, located at the intersection of Alabyan Street in Moscow, one can admire a stately monument dedicated to the remarkable Soviet and Armenian architect Karo Semyonovich Alabyan.