Google Maps adds Armenian Genocide Memorial Garden at Colorado Capitol

Colorado Armenian Genocide Memorial on Google Maps
Colorado Armenian Genocide Memorial on Google Maps

Colorado Armenian Genocide Memorial on Google Maps

DENVER, Colo.—Six months after Colorado became the first US state to memorialize the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide with a khachkar monument on its capitol grounds, Google has added the prominent location to its Maps.

The Khatchkar at the Colorado State Capitol

The Khatchkar at the Colorado State Capitol

On October 20, The Google Maps Team notified Simon Maghakyan that “the listing for [the] Armenian Genocide Memorial Garden has been added to the map.” As chair of Armenian of Colorado’s (AOC) Capitol Khachkar Committee, Maghakyan spearheaded the unparalleled effort to adorn the seat of Colorado’s government with the khachkar monument.

On April 24, 2015 Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper and AOC leaders unveiled America’s first capitol khachkar on the Centennial anniversary of Ottoman Turkey’s extermination of its indigenous Armenian population. The Capitol, which has been in use since the 19th century and has 250,000 annual visitors, memorializes several notable events on its grounds. Colorado’s generous response in helping Armenian Genocide survivors is noted in the plaque accompanying the khachkar.

The Colorado State Capitol Khachkar was added to the existing Armenian Genocide Memorial Garden, which the AOC established in 1982 and renovated in 2015. Khachkars are intricately-carved monuments that memorialize individuals and events. In 2010, UNESCO recognized the value and vulnerability of this Armenian art tradition by declaring it part of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Colorado State Capitol Khachkar was crafted in Armenia by Varazdat Hambardzumyan (Master Varo), and donated by Alexander Ter-Hovakimyan. It is a replica of a medieval Djulfa khachkar, destroyed by the Azerbaijan Army in December 2005.

“The addition of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Garden to Google Maps will bring even more visitors to the Colorado State Capitol Khachkar,” remarked AOC President Sona Hedeshian, “and more visibility to the need to remember, punish, and prevent genocides. We will gather at the Garden for a candlelight vigil on December 6, 2015 to conclude the Centennial Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, commemorate the 10th anniversary of the genocidal destruction of Djulfa, and shine a light on all genocides. For directions, the public can now go to Google Maps.”

AOC was established in June 1980 as a 501(c)3 non-profit cultural organization. Its purpose is to create a cohesive Armenian community and to further the understanding of Armenian history, culture, language, customs, and heritage. AOC actively supports issues and concerns of the Armenian-American community in Colorado as well as those identified within the Armenian Diaspora throughout the world. For more information, visit


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  1. Nathaniel said:

    I see it now on the map. The future holds many promising ideas. In 2007 I coined classified and copyrighted a neologism called civilocity which would prevent the leader of a country from covering up unlawful behavior. Sadly, when the Armenian Genocide happened we didn’t have TV’s or the internet. Now, we can watch the leader of our country for the entire time anybody ever leads our country live on public television and have everything that happened right on the internet. The future holds new forms of government that must be considered plausible in order to prevent the next genocide. Never Again