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  • The streets of Khankendi
  • The view of Khankendi from Shusha
  • A nature view of native Garabagh
  • The monument to World War II
  • Baku-Khankendi-Shusha road

Historic architectural monuments

Garabagh is one of the world´s lands with most ancient history. Natural and geographical conditions, the most favorable conditions for the ancient peoples’ living in these places included it into one of the oldest human settlements. Naturally, it is necessary to note Khankendi whilst speaking about the ancient settlements of Garabagh. Due to archeological excavations in the vicinities of Khankendi town, burial mounds that are the material cultural samples belonging to Eneolithic and Bronze Ages were found. More than 50 skeletons were found in some mounds. Thus, detection of these skeletons shows that these mounds belonged to tribal members or families.
Examples of material culture discovered during archeological excavations in Khankendi allow us to study the ancient history of the region, the occupation of population, the developed spheres of art, religion, ideology, customs and traditions, etc. Stone mirrors, arrowheads, copper dagger blades, stone pestle, bone made tools, gold beads and pendants and ceramic samples were found in the burial mounds. Three cemeteries located in the village Karkijahan might be given as other historical monuments. There were graves with the inscriptions dating to 1400 years, remains of a Muslim cemetery dated back 800 years ago, as well as Albanian church in the area called “Kilsali”. When Garabagh events erupted, Armenians brought a slab stone, written in red and left it in that area trying to name the Albanian temple as an Armenian monument. There were few graves at 500 meters from the church where the people were buried their faces directed towards Mecca.
There were historical monument “Mohammad agha’s room”, sanctuaries – “Darili Piri”, “Tree of Sorrow” and stone graves in the territory of Kosalar village. There was a holy sanctuary “The Grave of Seid”, “Seven Churches” (Albanian church) in Meydan yaylaq (pasture) in the territory of Meshali village. In addition, there were Albanian churches in 4 places. Unfortunately, Armenians’ savageries against Azerbaijani people resulted with not only massacres and losses, with destruction and demolition of historical and architectural monuments, material cultural samples as well.