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CHW: Azerbaijan damages one more cemetery in Nagorno-karabakh

panarmenian.net11/28th/2023, 9:24

CHW: Azerbaijan damages one more cemetery in Nagorno-karabakh

November 28, 2023 - 13:21 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Between October 5 and November 3, another Armenian cemetery in the Nagorno-Karabakh town of Shushi was damaged, the Caucasus Heritage Watch reports.

It appears that bulldozers dumped heaps of debris atop the old Ghazanchetsots cemetery (southeast of the cathedral of the same name), endangering the already fragmented tombstones.

The location of the cemetery is confirmed by maps, publications, and recent photographs (supporting materials in CHW’s forthcoming Monitoring Report #6). The 18-19th c. cemetery had been severely damaged during the Soviet era.

By the 1990s, 45 tombstones remained. One marks the passing of Stepan, a blacksmith from Ghazanchi village in Nakhichevan, who died in 1758. He was one of many Armenian migrants from that village whose name was given to the city’s well-known cathedral.

Stepan’s tombstone recalls the destr...

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