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A group of cultural workers and artists has sent an open letter of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan demanding him to stop further destruction of the Covered Market.
The letter reads that last year the Covered Market had been repeatedly damaged by construction: the arc roof was damaged twice and the iron columns erected in the built-down part of the building have changed its external appearance. The authors of the letter recall that the Covered Market is included in the list of Yerevan's historical monuments. So, they call on the president to consider the above actions as vandalism and launch a criminal case against those responsible for destruction of the building.
The authors of the letter come out for transferring the Covered Market under management of the Culture Ministry for further assessment of the damage caused to the building and its restoration. They warn that the building of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia that is to be turned into a hotel may face a similar fate. The letter was signed by Head of the Union of Architects of Armenia Mkrtich Minasyan, ethnographer Hranush Kharatyan, film director Tigran Khzmalyan, Head of the Association For Sustainable Development Karine Danielyan, honored architect of Armenia Sashur Kalashyan, Head of the
Association for Preservation of Historical Monuments Gagik Soghomonyan, and a number of architects - laureates of the State Prime and the President's Prize. The copies of the letter were addressed to the prime minister, the parliament speaker and the prosecutor general of Armenia.
To note, the Covered Market was built in 1952 on the project of Armenian architect Grigory Aghababyan and has been considered one of the symbols of the Armenian capital since then. Mass media reported that Armenian MP Samvel Alexanyan had bought the Covered Market from the Leader of Prosperous Armenia Party Gagik Tsarukyan. Earlier the Union of Initiative to Protect Yerevan addressed an open letter to the president concerning the Covered Market.