Memorial room dedicated to Jurgis Baltrušaitis Jr. opens in the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia
On 7 March in the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia a memorial room dedicated for Jurgis Baltrušaitis jr. and his studies in Caucasian architecture is being opened. Mr. Baltrušaitis (1903 - 1988) well known in Armenia for not only his studies in Caucasus region pastoral architecture, two books about Armenia and Georgia published in 1929 and 1936, but also as an author of the essay “Julfa of the Arax and its Funerary Monuments”. Writing captured thousands of khachkars (cross-stones) many of which have been destroyed and therefore the essay bears an even greater historic value.
Vice President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov, Ministry of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan, Deputy Minister of Culture Arev Samuelyan, Ombudsman of Armenia Arman Tatoyan, a number of representatives from diplomatic community and other prominent guests attended the ceremony. Rector of National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia Gagik Galstyan noted that it is already third project within 3 years together with the Lithuanian embassy in Armenia dedicated to the memory of Jurgis Baltrušaitis.
A special guest Prof. Odeta Žukauskienė has arrived from Lithuania for this celebration in order to further present the work of Mr. Baltrušaitis for the Armenian public. She has been researching the legacy of Mr. Baltrušaitis for many years and delivered an open lecture “Comparative studies by Jurgis Baltrušaitis” right before the opening. “It is very symbolic, that the opening of this room is being done while Lithuania commemorates its centenary, the 28th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence and 115 years after the birth of Mr. Baltrušaitis. Such events once again proves the sometimes concealed, but very deep cultural relations between Lithuania and Armenia” marked the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Armenia Erikas Petrikas.