Today, my late afternoon walk ended at a cemetery in Etchmiadzin. Enjoying the view from the somewhat elevated grounds of the church of saint Hripsimé, my attention was drawn by a huge bright white statue of a man in an armchair (with an angel breathing down his neck). The memorial was visible over the high cemetery walls!
At this cemetery the usual Armenian family graves: with lifelike images of the deceased engraved in the headstones for the middleclass, grotesque statues and mausoleums with fluorescent synthetic grass for the rich, and very simple graves for the poor. They way you live, the way you die.
All pictures are taken by Claudia Venhorst
Etchmiadzin, 17 October 2016