Participants of international conference visit Azerbaijan's Shusha (PHOTO/UPDATE)

Society Materials 15 June 2022 12:23 (UTC +04:00)

Details added: first version posted on 10:22

BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 15. Participants of the international conference on ‘Azerbaijani-Turkish strategic allied relations - source of peace and stability for the Caucasus and the region’, dedicated to the first anniversary of the signing of the Shusha Declaration, visited Azerbaijan’s cultural capital - Shusha city [liberated from Armenian occupation in the 2020 Second Karabakh War] on June 14, Trend reports.

The conference members first came to the city square to view the monuments of prominent cultural figures of Azerbaijan - Khurshidbanu Natavan, Bulbul and Uzeyir Hajibayli, which were vandalized during the occupation.

The guests were informed that the Armenian occupants carried the monuments to Armenia for melting them down, but on the initiative of the great leader Heydar Aliyev, they were purchased from Armenia and delivered to Azerbaijan, where they were kept in the courtyard of the Art Museum in Baku, and after the liberation of Shusha, they were returned to their former places.

Then the conference participants viewed the house of the XIX century, another monument subjected to Armenian vandalism. The house belonged to the outstanding Azerbaijani poetess, daughter of the last ruler of Karabakh khanate, Mehdigulu Khan Javanshir - Khurshidbanu Natavan.

It was brought to the attention of the visitors that the Shusha Music School, the first children's music school in Azerbaijan, built on the initiative of the founder of Azerbaijani vocal art Bulbul in the early 1930s, began its activity in the above house.

The guests were also informed that in 1987, after major repair and restoration work carried out in the house building, the Karabakh Khurshidbanu Natavan branch of the National Museum of Azerbaijani Literature named after Nizami Ganjavi operated there.

It was noted that during the occupation of Shusha, hundreds of rare pearls of art, paintings, carpets, miniatures, memorabilia, and archaeological specimens collected in the museum's local branch were destroyed or looted.

During visit to Shusha fortress, the conference participants were informed about the city’s history and construction of the fortress walls. The fortress, built by the Karabakh khanate’s ruler Panahali Khan, protected the city from external attacks for a long time. During the occupation, the walls of the fortress were subjected to Armenian vandalism. After the liberation of the city, repair and restoration work was carried out in the fortress.

Then the guests visited the Jidir-Duzu plain. It was brought to their attention that during the second Karabakh war, Azerbaijani soldiers, having climbed the rocks to Jidir-Duzu, and liberated Shusha, and that currently, Jidir-Duzu, as before the occupation, is a venue for grandiose events.