News > Bulgarian Armenians > Sofia Mayor inaugurates Armenian traditional monument
The mayors of Sofia Boyko Borisov and of Yerevan Yervand Zakharyan inaugurated Wednesday (10 September 2008) the monument "Khachkar" in the "Yerevan" park located behind the building of the Agriculture Ministry in Sofia.
The monument is a donation by the Armenian capital and has been made in the traditional Armenian artistic style of carving crosses on stone.
In his speech at the official inauguration ceremony, the Armenian Ambassador in Bulgaria Sergey Manassaryan, pointed out that Armenians have always seen Bulgarians as people that have extended a helping hand during Armenia's most difficult times.
Manassaryan further said that the roots of the friendship between the two countries date from the National Liberation Movement in Bulgaria.
"Last year we renamed the street in Yerevan, leading to the Bulgarian Embassy to "Sofia," an act that was met very well by the residents of Yerevan. Now this monument becomes yet another symbol of the friendship between our people," the Ambassador stated.
The monument was sanctified by priests from the Armenian Church in Sofia.
The mayors signed a memorandum of collaboration and exchanged plaques with the coats of arms of both cities.
Borisov also received an invitation to visit Yerevan during the city's anniversary celebrations on 10 and 11 October 2008. This year Yerevan marks 2790 years of its establishment.
Photo: The mayors of Sofia Boyko Borisov (right) and of Yerevan Yervand Zakharyan (left) inaugurated the monument "Khachkar" donated by the Armenian capital. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)
Source: Sofia New Agency, 10 September 2008