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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of December 12, 1998 No. ZR-261

About protection and use of immovable historical and cultural monuments and the historical circle

(as amended on 18-07-2016)

Accepted by National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on November 11, 1998

Chapter I
General provisions

Article 1. Immovable historical and cultural monuments

Immovable historical and cultural monuments (further - monuments) - the constructions lifted on the state accounting having historical, scientific, art or other cultural value, their ensembles and complexes with occupied by them or historically related territory, the elements and fragments of archaeological, art, epigrafichesky, ethnographic nature, historical and cultural and natural-historical reserves, memorable places constituting them, irrespective of degree of their safety.

The monuments which are in the territory of the Republic of Armenia are under protection of the state.

Article 2. Legislation of the Republic of Armenia on protection and use of monuments

The legislation of the Republic of Armenia on protection and use of monuments includes the Constitution, this Law, other laws and legal acts.

Article 3. Purpose and tasks of the Law of the Republic of Armenia on protection and use of immovable historical and cultural monuments and historical circle

The purpose of the Law of the Republic of Armenia on protection and use of immovable historical and cultural monuments and the historical circle is:

a) establishment of the legal basis in the field of protection and use of monuments,

b) regulation of the relations arising in the course of these activities.

The main objectives of this Law are:

a) establishment of basic provisions of state policy in the field of protection and use of monuments;

b) establishment of the principles of regulation of questions of the state accounting, protection, studying, preservation, repair, restoration and use of monuments;

c) establishment of competence of state bodies, local self-government, legal entities and physical persons in the field of protection and use of monuments;

d) establishment of specifics of ownership, order of monuments and their use as special type of real estate.

Article 4. Objects of field of protection and use of monuments

Treat objects of field of protection and use of monuments: the monuments which are in the territory of the Republic of Armenia with their conservation zones, the historical circle surrounding them - building natural or artificial landscape.

Protection of the historical and cultural monuments of the Armenian people which are outside the territory of the Republic of Armenia is performed within the legislation of this country, the principles and rules of international law.

Article 5. Subjects of field of protection and use of monuments

Subjects of field of protection and use of monuments are:

a) Government of the Republic of Armenia;

b) republican, territorial authorities of public administration and local government bodies;

c) owners, users of monuments;

d) the legal entities and physical persons connected with the state accounting, storage, studying, preservation, repair, restoration and use of monuments.

Article 6. Classification of monuments

Monuments by valuable criteria are subdivided into monuments of republican and local value.

High-valuable, ancient, typical or rare samples of significant monuments of history of the people, its material and spiritual culture belong to the categories of monuments of republican value.

Monuments belong to the category of monuments of local value. the characterizing history and culture, local features of any region of the republic.

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