Armenian military leader Vardan Mamikonian's statue.He is best known for leading the Armenian army at the Battle of Avarayr in 451.

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Armenian military leader Vardan Mamikonian's statue.He is best known for leading the Armenian army at the Battle of Avarayr in 451.
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Vardan Mamikonyan was an Armenian military leader, a martyr and a saint of the Armenian Church. He is best known for leading the Armenian army at the Battle of Avarayr in 451, which ultimately secured the Armenians' right to practice Christianity. A member of the Mamikonian family of Armenia's highest caliber aristocrats (known as nakharars), he is revered as one of the greatest military and spiritual leaders of Armenia, and is considered a national hero by Armenians.[3][4] According to Arshag Chobanian "To the Armenian nation, Vartan [...] is the most beloved figure, the most sacred in their history, the symbolical hero who typifies the national spirit."[5] Major Armenian churches are named after Saint Vardan. Equestrian statues of St. Vardan are found in the Armenian capital Yerevan and in the country's second largest city, Gyumri.
Location: Khanjyan St, Yerevan, Armenië