In 1967, following the completion of the architectural courses in RWTH University in Aachen, Germany, Dr. Armen Haghnazarian started his doctorate thesis, selecting St. Tadeus Church as the subject. Subsequently, during the summer of 1969, Dr. Haghnazarian visited Turkey, aiming to study the Armenian monuments in the territory of historical Armenia, namely the regions of Tayk, Shirak and Vaspurakan. During his several follow up trips to Turkey, Dr. Haghnazarian witnessed, to much great sorrow, that Armenian monuments were intentionally being destroyed.
In 1970 a two-day forum was organized in Aachen, Germany to discuss further expeditions for research of Armenian architectural monuments. The meeting was attended by many interested individuals from the Middle East, Europe and America. The forum unanimously underlined the urgency and importance of the subject and it also approved the establishing of "RESEARCH ON ARMENIAN ARCHITECTURE".
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