Monumental statue in Victory Park overlooking the capital city of Yerevan, Armenia. The current statue replaces a monumental statue of Joseph Stalin that was created as a victory memorial for the Great Patriotic War and was unveiled to the people on November 29, 1950. In 1967 the statue of Stalin was removed and replaced by the Mother Armenia statue, designed by Ara Harutyunyan. Its strategic location of being on a hill overlooking Yerevan makes it look like she is the guardian of the Armenian capital. Each May 9, thousands walk past the statue of Mother Armenia to commemorate Armenia's war dead. Inside the 50 meter tall pedestal is the Mother Armenia Museum of the Ministry of Defense.