Armenia misappropriated monuments of historical Caucasian Albania - Azerbaijani Expert
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 6
By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:
The murals, subject carving and symbols, temples, cells, basilicas, and monasteries, belonging to the architectural monuments of the Caucasian Albania period, were mostly armenized, Acting Head of Azerbaijan’s State Service for Protection, Development, and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Azad Jafarli said, Trend reports.
“The Ganjasar and Khudaveng monasteries located in the Kalbajar district should be especially noted as such monuments. In addition, bell towers were built by Armenians on the monuments dating back to this period of Azerbaijani history,” said Jafarli.
“With the organizational "support" of Armenia’s leadership, during archaeological expeditions with the involvement of experts from foreign countries, illegal excavations were carried out near the Azykh cave, and the Shahbulag castle in the Agdam district. At the same time, the Armenian side made another provocation and, under the pretext of "restoration", falsified the history of the monument in the Yukhary Govhar Agha mosque in Shusha, suggesting that this historical monument belonging to our people belongs to the other nations,” said the expert.
“In the occupied territories, including 706 monuments registered with the state, there are over 2,600 historical and cultural monuments, most of which were either destroyed or appropriated. Of these monuments, taken on the state record - six architectural monuments of world importance, five - archaeological monuments of world importance, 119 architectural monuments of national importance, 121 archaeological monuments of national importance, 393 architectural monuments of local importance, 23 landscape gardening, monumental and memorial monuments local significance, 22 archaeological sites of local significance and 17 samples of decorative and applied arts,” Jafarli noted.
“Historical and cultural monuments of world importance in the occupied lands, the Gutlu Musa mausoleum, the Uzarliktapa settlement in the Aghdam district, the Khudafarin bridges, the Niftala burial mounds in the Jabrayil district, the Azykh and Taglar cave camps in the Khojavand district, the Ganjasar and Kudavang monasteries, the Shusha historically-architectural reserve and the Khojaly burial mounds are significant and unique examples of the cultural heritage not only of the people of Azerbaijan but of the whole world,” he said.
“Unfortunately, due to the fact of occupation, until now it has not been possible to take measures to protect historical and cultural monuments in these territories, as well as to carry out work on their restoration, conservation, and research," Jafarli added.