“The Key of Kajaran” is a monument in Syunik region. It is located on the Kapan-Kajaran highway. It was created in 1972, the author and sculptor is Marat Nurijanyan.
According to the legend, the Armenian king Artavazd hid his treasures in a mountain to protect himself from the enemies, and the place was called Gandzasar. The key to the treasures is given to the bear, the ruler of the mountains, who would pass the key only to those who would use the treasures for the benefit of the people. Gandzasar is a mountain in the Zangezur mountain range, on one of its mountain branches, near the town of Kajaran. The subsoil is rich in copper and molybdenum.
Historian Grisha Smbatyan stated in one of his articles published in “Syunyats Yerkir” magazine. “There are different interpretations of the” Bear “sculpture at the checkpoint. Our talented compatriot Marat Nurijanyan did not hide the incident. Initially, the sculpture was without a key. Rafik Minasyan (the first secretary of the party’s Kapan regional committee since 1965) told the artist that “The Bear” was too free, did not say anything, did not prompt, and offered to hang the key. “It will be the key to the treasures of our land. “The key must be hung from the mouth of the bear so that no one but our people will dare to take the key to our treasures.”
The bear’s key, probably with a shotgun, sometimes disappeared, eventually finding its way back through the sympathetic people.
The Voghji River (82 km) flows through Kajaran. The river is a fast flowing, typical mountain river, it has a big drop. Due to intense erosion, the beautiful “Bear Gorge” was formed.
RA MINISTRY OF CULTURE “HISTORICAL-CULTURAL RESERVE-MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION SERVICE” SNCO
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