“You’ll love it, you’ll see,” Levon told me, as the car climbed carefully towards the hilltop, where surrounded by woody mountains and picturesque ravines, stood the beautiful Nor Varagavank monastery, built in in XII-XIII.
On a closer look, however, my delight turned to rage. The century-old walls were covered in crooked carvings and tasteless graffiti, mostly telling the names or initials of idiots, who visited the monastery earlier.
I was especially frustrated, because you’d think, that so far away from large cities of Armenia, you’d find more appreciation of amazing monuments like this. But hey, spoiling our monuments is a national characteristic. Only days ago an RFE/RL journalit covered similarly frustrating graffiti and stone-carvings on Karabakh’s landmark monument – “We Are Our Mountains”.
What is wrong with you, Armenians? What kind of twisted logic is motivating this sort of vandalism?