Lekh Castle is located in the territory of Qanlikend village of Kalbajar district, which was occupied by Armenia in 1993.
The castle, built on a high mountain peak, was built in XIII-XIV centuries for defensive purposes.
12.05.2022 13:20 President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended opening of the festivalThe 5th “Kharibulbul” International Folklore Festival has today opened in Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening of the festival. X X X The 5th “Kharibulbul” International Folklore Festival, held in the “Year of Shusha” on the occasion of the 270th anniversary of the city of Shusha, has been organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and the Shusha City State Reserve. The 5th festival, which will end on 14 May, is attended by musicians and dance groups from different countries, as well as folk groups from different regions of Azerbaijan. The opening concert of the festival began with the “Motherland suite” composition performed by the Azerbaijan State Song and Dance Ensemble named after Fikrat Amirov. Then the sounds of “Karabakh Shikastasi” performed by honored artists Ilkin Ahmadov, Babak Niftaliyev and Sabina Arabli reverberated through the Shusha mountains. Turkey, which supported Azerbaijan in the Patriotic War, is represented at the festival by the Turkic World Music and Folk Dance Ensemble. The folk dance “Van Yoresi” performed by the ensemble was met with tremendous interest and applause. People's Artist of Azerbaijan Polad Bulbuloglu sang the folk song “Chal oyna”, the “Jangi” Variety Folk Dance Ensemble performed “Tanzara” and Honored Artist Shirzad Fataliyev accompanied by wind instruments group “Turaji“ performed folk dances. Mali's “Cheick Tidiane Seck” ethno-jazz musician performed the “Sanga Bo” dance, “Pakistan Colors” group performed the “Bhangra” dance and the Georgian Folk Dance Ensemble “Melitassi” performed “Svanuri”. The Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble performed the Avar folk dance, the Tunisian duo “Yuma” performed the “Smek” composition, and the Uzbek State Dance Ensemble performed the “Bayot” folk dance. Then, Honored Culture Figure and ashig Samira Aliyeva and Ashug Ali Tapdigoghlu sang the “Karabakh Gaytaghisi”, while People's Artist Polad Bulbuloglu and “Kharibulbul” dance ensemble of Baku Choreography Academy sang the song “My Karabakh”. The opening concert ended with the song “Homeland is inseparable“ performed by Honored Artist Aybaniz Hashimova and the “Bulbullar” group. X X X Back on 8 November 2020, President Ilham Aliyev addressed the nation on the occasion of the liberation of Shusha, noting that this city, the crown of Karabakh, would soon be revived and restore its former glory. At the opening ceremony of last year's festival, the head of state said, “We have restored this wonderful tradition, and from now on the “Kharibulbul” festival will be held in Shusha every year.” The holding of the Fifth Kharibulbul International Folklore Festival is a clear confirmation of the President’s words. The first “Kharibulbul” festival was held in Shusha in 1989 in connection with the 100th birthday anniversary of the famous singer, pedagogue and People's Artist Seyid Shushinsky (1889-1965). The event was organized in May of that year in Shusha during the flowering of kharibulbul (Ophrys caucasica). Along with local performers, the first festival was attended by music groups from the former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia (Bashkortostan), Lithuania and Belarus. In 1990, the “Kharibulbul” festival gained international status. The invitation of folk groups from the Netherlands, Germany, Israel and Turkey to the second festival also aroused great interest. Due to the difficult situation in Shusha in the aftermath of the start of the Karabakh conflict, the concerts were organized in Aghdam. A number of concerts of the festival were also held in Barda and Aghjabadi. In total, the second festival was attended by about 170 delegates from different countries. About 300 delegates from 25 countries took part in the third “Kharibulbul” festival held in 1991. Artists from the United States and Australia also attended the festival. Due to the large number of spectators, the main concerts of the festival were held in stadiums. The final concerts of the second and third festivals were held at the Heydar Aliyev Palace in Baku. The fourth festival was to start in Baku on 15 May 1992, and was supposed to be the most spectacular event ever held. Five hundred people from more than 30 countries were expected to attend. However, due to the occupation of Shusha by Armenian troops on 8 May of the same year, it was not possible to organize the “Kharibulbul” festival. The festival was held only briefly at Imarat complex in Aghdam. After the glorious victory of the brave Azerbaijani Army in the Patriotic War under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Victorious Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, the traditional “Kharibulbul” festival was organized in Shusha again. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and family members also attended the opening of the festival organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on the Jidir Duzu in Shusha on 12-13 May 2021. The festival featured national dances, mugham and performances by folklore groups from different regions of the country and national minorities, videos of Azerbaijani singers filmed in Shusha in different years, as well as classical music. ..
11.05.2022 14:48 Shusha to host 5th Kharibulbul International Folklore FestivalIn accordance with the action plan approved by the order of Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers dated February 25, 2022, the Kharibulbul International Folklore Festival will be held in Shusha, pearl of Karabakh. Initially held in 1989 to mark the 100th anniversary of birth of the prominent Azerbaijani mugham performer Seyid Shushinski, the Festival, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, has returned to Shusha after 30 years of longing and was held on May 12-13, 2021 on Shusha’s Jidir Duzu. This year, the 5th edition of the Kharibulbul International Folklore Festival will feature performances of folk musicians and folk dancers from 10 foreign countries, as well as folk ensembles from various regions of Azerbaijan. The Festival will be held on 12-14 May. By the relevant Order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the year 2022 was declared as the “Year of Shusha” in Azerbaijan. ..
20.04.2022 17:26 The Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum hosted the opening of the exhibition Two Hearts One DestinyOn April 19, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum hosted the opening of the exhibition Two Hearts One Destiny, representing the creativity of Ujal Hagverdiyev and Elena Hagverdiyeva, remarkable Azerbaijani artists and an amazing couple secured in each other’s love and art journey through life together. Curator Dr Shirin Melikova, Director of the ANCM, People's Artist Farhad Khalilov, Chair of the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan, Nargiz Abdullayeva, Head of the Museum, Gallery, and Exhibitions Department of the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Prof. Zemfira Gafarova, Secretary of the Union of Composers of Azerbaijan, Honored Art Worker of Azerbaijan, spoke about the oeuvre of Elena and Ujal. Elena Hagverdiyeva, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan greeted the guests and thanked the ANCM for organizing the exhibition. The exhibition features 54 paintings and works of decorative and applied art. These include a series of paintings Carpet Gardens by Elena Hagverdiyeva. They narrate scenes reminiscent of luxurious Safavid palace carpets, hunting and garden carpets, illustrating landscapes, still life, and portraits of lovers. The show presents a never-seen-before facet of Ujal Hagverdiyev's strikingly versatile creativity in painting and graphics, murals, poetry, and applied art. Among them are embroidery, ceramics, stone and woodwork. The iconographic images of saints, portraits of his wife and muse Elena in the Italian Renaissance style, tableau vivant, and compositions that evoke associations with the works of the great modern artists constitute the majority of this direction of his creativity. Many of his ceramics and woodwork figure images of animals. During the opening, the ANCM presented the catalog Two Hearts One Destiny published in three languages as part of the project. The museum will organize masterclasses and lectures within the exhibition. Exhibition runs until 19 June. ..
30.03.2022 11:38 The 2022 call for applications of UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity is now openAre you a public institution in the field of arts or culture, or a local or international non-governmental organization (NGO) with a project that will make a strong contribution to the creative economy? This call is for you! On March 16, 2022, UNESCO launches the thirteenth call for applications to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), a multi donor fund established under the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Aimed at supporting the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries, the call is open to projects from eligible countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. Successful projects will be granted financial support of up to US$ 100,000. In line with the aims and objectives of the IFCD, eligible projects must contribute to: the implementation and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct, structural impact on the creation, production, distribution and access to a diversity of cultural goods and services; strengthening the capacities of public institutions and civil society organizations to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in eligible countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. Public institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from eligible countries are invited to submit their proposals, as well as international NGOs registered in countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. All projects should ultimately contribute to a sustainable creative ecosystem and be aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda of the United Nations. In light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the cultural and creative sectors, and the dramatic impact on the livelihoods of artists and cultural professionals globally, this call reinforces UNESCO’s commitment to support the creative sector, to build back better and to ensure that artists and cultural professionals everywhere can keep on creating. Since 2010, the IFCD has invested US$9.4 million through 129 projects in 65 countries in support of the creative economy and inclusive and sustainable economic growth in creative and cultural industries. These diverse initiatives have contributed to the development and implementation of cultural policies, the strengthening of professional training and cultural entrepreneurship, access to new markets, and participation and access to cultural life. The 13th Call for Applications will close on 15 June 2022, noon Paris time. For any inquiries, please contact the 2005 Convention Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about IFCD funded projects. Apply: https://en.unesco.org/creativity/ifcd/apply ..
10.03.2022 16:22 British Council and the British Embassy in Baku are launching the seventh edition of the British Film FestivalOn the eve of the 30th year anniversary of diplomatic relations between UK and Azerbaijan, the British Council in cooperation with the British Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, is starting the seventh edition of the annual British Film Festival. This year, the festival will be held on 3-15 March 2022, with screenings taking place at Nizami Cinema Centre and YARAT Contemporary Art Space. We are bringing the most exciting, thought-provoking and criticallyacclaimed new films from the UK to Azerbaijan. The 2022 edition of the British Film Festival puts the global climate emergency into spotlight, creating opportunities for climate cooperation, dialogue and action. The festival will open with a retro comedy THE DUKE - a tale of robbery and a fight for justice, brought to cinema by the powerhouse partnership of Academy Award-winning actors Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. Two documentary films, THE PEOPLE V CLIMATE CHANGE and BREAKING BOUNDARIES: THE SCIENCE OF OUR PLANET will focus on climate emergency and what the human civilisation can do save our planet. Media representatives are kindly invited to attend the opening of the festival at 18.30 on 3 March at Nizami Cinema Centre. In Azerbaijan, the British Film Festival is brought to you by the British Council in Azerbaijan, the British Embassy in Baku, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. We would also like to use this opportunity to offer our thanks to our partners Nizami Cinema Centre, YARAT Contemporary Art Space and CoolConnections Art Association. The British Film Festival is a central pillar of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion through film. All films will be screened in English. You can watch the festival trailer here: http://bit.ly/britishfilmfestival The tickets are available at Nizami Cinema Centre box office, and at www.nizamicinema.az ..
22.02.2022 15:41 Parvin Gozalov delivered a speech at the 300th and 30th anniversary events in the Russian FederationThus, on February 18-20, 2022, a member of the Board of the PUU Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments Preserve PU, a member of the ICOM Azerbaijan National Committee and a member of the ICOMAM International Committee (on military history, military museums and weapons collections), Doctor of Philosophy in History Parvin Gozalov took part in a hybrid conference organized by the State Hermitage and the Heraldry Council under the President of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year's conference was dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the Heroldmeister's Office by Peter the Great and the 30th anniversary of the restoration of the Heraldry Service in the Russian Federation. P. Gozalov's report “Islamic and Soviet symbols in the revolutionary flags of 1919-1922“. Among the 48 (forty-eight) speakers at the event were scientists and experts from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Bryansk, Sochi, Novosibirsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Orenburg, Tallinn, Tyumen, Syktyvkar, Ekaterinburg, Ivanovo, Kirov. It should be noted that Parvin Gozalov, Doctor of Philosophy in History, was the only foreign participant invited (the visit was at his own expense). At the opening of the event, Director General of the State Hermitage Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky greeted the participants online and wished success to the conference. Then, State Heraldmaster of the Russian Federation Georgy Vadimovich Vilinbakhov read congratulatory letters to the conference participants from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Sergey Evgenievich Naryshkin. Reports and discussions on conceptual and strategic issues of state policy in the field of heraldry, problems of legal issues in the field of heraldry and other topical heraldic problems were held at the conference meetings. P. Gozalov's report “Islamic and Soviet symbols in the revolutionary flags of 1919-1922“ includes flags used in the revolutionary processes that took place during the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1919-1922, among the flags published by the French diplomat. In the report of the Azerbaijani scientist P. Gozalov, symbols embodying the religious affiliation of the peoples and the attributes of the state structure were presented on the flag. The size of the 1919 flag is 64 x 61 cm, with a “Muslim crescent“ on the front and a five-pointed star on the top, both symbols are made of red cloth. The number “1“ on the top of the star and “Bash.Cav.P.“ (Bashkir Water Regiment) under the crescent. The first Bashkir cavalry regiment awarded with this flag is a typical example of many different military units during the Civil War. in fact, he served the highest paid man and changed sides at least four times: when the civil war broke out, the 1st platoon with the “white“ armies turned “red“ in 1919, and then briefly became “white“ again. He ended his brilliant career as a mercenary during the Civil War and disappeared as a result of the 1921 peace. and this mixture of political symbolism is widespread among Muslim militias on both sides, and other similar flags confirm this more convincingly. The second flag of the petition is made of canvas measuring 81x112 cm. The flag of 1922 is made of red velvet, made of silver and colored threads, applied with colored fabrics and decorated with silver cord. On the front: artillery and cavalry symbols, two cross-shaped cannons and horseshoes, stripes symbolizing the sun's rays on the horseshoe. In the center there is an image of the Order of the Red Banner on a blue background, as well as two (II) Roman numerals in dark gray below. The text of the “Council of People's Commissars of the Federal Socialist Republic of Ukraine“ is written on the canvas: “USSR ANK 1921 / II. Galician light battery. “On the back of the canvas is the text“ Ukrainian workers and peasants. “ He represented the Second Galician Battalion, which supported the army under Antonov-Ovseenko's leadership on the Ukrainian front against several enemies: the Ukrainian nationalists from Petlyura, the White Army from Denikin, and the first, Wrangeli, the French army after defeat by the British. Nestor Maxno's gang 2nd Galisi Light Battery During the 1920 campaign with Poland, the Red Army lost more than 40 standards. It was exhibited at the Army Museum in Warsaw during the war. After Poland liberated the country from Soviet troops in 1945, the USSR forced them to return these standards (flags). After the report, P. Gozalov answered many questions of the participants. In response to questions, the rapporteur suggested to the Heraldry Council a number of collaborations on historical facts published and distorted in Europe. As part of the conference, the participants toured the BN Elsin Presidential Library. During his stay in St. Petersburg, Gozalov met with VM Krylov, director of the Military History Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops. It should be noted that for the first time in the history of Azerbaijan after 1925, the state and battle flags of the Nakhchivan Khanate were discovered by P. Gozalov from the flags of the Azerbaijani khanates annexed to the Russian Empire in 2015. The issue of bringing is resolved. ..
18.02.2022 21:51 Dr Shirin Melikova, Director of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum was awarded the Knight of the Order of the Arts and the Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) of FranceEmbassy of France in Azerbaijan organized an event on the occasion of Dr Shirin Melikova’s awarding the Knight of the Order of the Arts and the Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). Zacharie Gross, Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan spoke about efforts made by Dr Melikova to enhance the cultural relations between our countries. Ambassador noted that Sh. Melikova is a curator of 20 exhibitions and the author of 11 monographs and articles. “She is also the specialist on the oriental carpet weaving art. Since 2016 she has led one of the most outstanding museums in Baku. Not so long ago she participated in the realization of the important exhibition held within the framework of cooperation with the Embassy of France,“ he added. Z. Gross also stressed that people like Sh. Melikova undertakes considerable work to instill love to the arts in the current and future generations. Ambassador thanked Dr. Melikova for her efforts to develop cultural relations and presented her the Order. Shirin Melikova expressed her gratitude to Zacharie Gross for awarding her with the Order of the Arts and the Letters. She noted, “Thanks to the invaluable contributions of President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, Azerbaijani-French relations are developing on a high level. With the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, cultural events are held in various cities of France, and this has already become a good tradition. The Embassy of France in Azerbaijan introduces the French culture to our people and often organizes different events. In 2012, new halls displaying the splendid collection of Islamic Art opened at Louvre Museum with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The collection includes rare samples of Azerbaijani cultural heritage, as well as the Azerbaijani carpets. Three Azerbaijani carpets of the 18th-19th centuries among those invaluable art pieces were on display at the ANCM during the exhibition Azerbaijan Heritage in Louvre Museum held within the framework of the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2019”. Sh. Melikova also emphasized that the Embassy has significant contributions to strengthening the cultural relations between our countries. She said that French people always highly appreciated Azerbaijani carpets, some of them are now preserved in French museums and private collections. At the end of the event, Shirin Melikova added that the award is a strong impetus for her to expand the cultural relations between Azerbaijan and France and develop mutual cooperation with the French museums. It should be noted that the Knight of the Order of the Arts and the Letters is awarded to the persons who have significant contributions in the field of arts and literature. ..
10.02.2022 11:58 The director of the Azerbaijan National Museum of Art has been invited as a member of the jury of the international art festivalThe Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine organizes the IV International Art Festival МАЛЮЙ.UA from December 2021 to February 2022, for children and youth aged 5-25. The exhibition of the winners' works will take place on February 14-28 at the Museum-workshop of I. P. Kavaleridze in Kiev. The international jury includes prominent artists, sculptors, cultural and artistic figures from 12 countries of 5 continents, as Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada and Belgium. Director of the Azerbaijan National Museum of Art, Honored Art Worker, Professor Chingiz Farzaliyev has been invited to this year's festival as a jury. It should be noted that the main purpose of the festival is to contribute to the development of cultural relations between Ukraine and other nations, as well as the establishment and strengthening of ties between generations of different countries. ..
09.02.2022 11:15 Statement by the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of AzerbaijanThe Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan welcomes the agreement on upcoming mission of UNESCO to Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is known that, in the territory of Armenia there were rich historical, cultural and religious heritage samples of Azerbaijani people who lived in those territories for centuries. “Caucasian calendar for the year 1870” published by the Russian Viceroyalty of the Caucasus back in 1869, contained statistical data according to which there were 269 mosques in Irevan governorate alone. Apart from the mosques, the palace of Khan of Irevan, the walls of Irevan castle, numerous baths, caravanserai, tombs and cemeteries were present in the territory of modern-day Armenia. We hope that the upcoming mission of UNESCO will be important in terms of detailed study, relevant monitoring and documentation of the heritage of the Azerbaijani people located in the territory of Armenia. ..
07.02.2022 18:39 Statement by the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of AzerbaijanReferring to the reports circulated by some biased foreign mass media outlets over the past few days, we would like to underline that, Azerbaijan has always been respectful of its historical and cultural heritage, regardless of religious and ethnic origin. Similar approach is followed also in relation to historical and cultural heritage located in liberated Azerbaijani territories. Azerbaijani officials have repeatedly stated that historical and religious monuments located in our liberated territories constitute part of the Azerbaijani heritage and as such, their protection falls under the responsibility of the Azerbaijani state. Restoration of mosques along with 2 Christian churches, within the large-scale restoration and reconstruction process in Shusha, can be considered as a vivid example of this. Unlike Armenia, Azerbaijan does not discriminate its historical and cultural heritage based on religious and ethnic ground and is committed to its obligations under international conventions, including the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. It should be added that, the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan is currently conducting relevant monitoring procedures in the liberated territories. When it comes to the ancient Albanian heritage in the liberated Azerbaijani territories, it should be noted that a working group has been set up to study this heritage. The working group, comprised of both local and international experts, will monitor and study this Christian heritage, subject to the security conditions on the ground. Should any falsifications be identified, they will be documented with the participation of international experts and presented to the international community. We would also like to recall that any alterations on the historical and cultural heritage, as well as altering their origin runs in contradiction with the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention. ..
31.01.2022 14:29 The 1st presentation of the project in the section "Faces of Shusha" is dedicated to the famous poet,public figure, philanthropist Khurshidbanu NatavanAs reported, the Ministry for Culture is implementing the project “Cultural Pearls of Shusha.“ The project is being implemented on the occasion of 2022 being declared the “Year of Shusha“ by the decree of President Ilham Aliyev. The first presentation of the project in the “Faces of Shusha“ section is dedicated to the famous poetess, public figure, philanthropist Khurshidbanu Natavan, whose 190th anniversary is celebrated this year. Khurshidbanu Natavan was born in 1832 in Shusha, a charming corner and an ancient cultural center of Azerbaijan. Starting her career in the 1950s, Khan gizi wrote love poems first with the name of “Khurshid“ then “Natavan“. Distinguished not only by her poetry but also by her philanthropy, in 1864 Natavan led the “Majlisi-Uns“ literary assembly consisting of a group of Shusha poets and she covered all its expenses. She also built a water pipeline to Shusha in 1873. The Khan gizi spring in Shusha is one of the proofs of the well-known poetess' good deeds. Khurshidbanu Natavan passed away on October 1, 1897. The shot busts of Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Bulbul and Natavan have been restored in Shusha after the restoration of our territorial integrity in the 44-day Patriotic War. They were returned to our country by Azerbaijan when they were sold abroad by Armenians. Our historical monuments in our ancient city, which were subjected to Armenian vandalism during the 28-year occupation, are being restored, and the process of restoration and construction in Shusha is being carried out in accordance with the original architectural style of Shusha. The “Khan gizi“ spring was restored as a part of the work carried out last year. ..
31.01.2022 12:07 Seven Beauties exhibition in St. PetersburgThe State Russian Museum, Marble Palace, St Petersburg welcomes all-comers to the exhibition Seven Beauties, dedicated to the 880th anniversary of the outstanding Azerbaijani poet and philosopher Nizami Ganjavi. Polad Bulbuloglu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Russian Federation, Anar Alakbarov, Assistant to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Executive Director of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, and Grigory Goldovksy, Deputy Director for Scientific Work at the State Russian Museum delivered speeches at the opening ceremony. Dr Shirin Melikova, Director of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum provided a curatorial tour for the guests. The exposition presents a synthesis of carpet, jewelry art, artistic metalwork, miniature, contemporary art, theatrical and decorative art, spoken word poetry, classical music, and dance, uniting several historical eras. Nizami’s poetry has inspired the work of many masters for centuries. The ballet Seven Beauties by the outstanding Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev is one of the remarkable works that has become classics. The ballet was written based on one of the poems of the famous Khamsa. It was first shown on the stage of the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theater in 1952. Literary, musical, and choreographic sources create a special environment within the exhibition space to demonstrate valuable exhibits of arts and crafts. The exhibition welcomes the viewer with the installation Miniature by the well-known Azerbaijani conceptual artist Rashad Alakbarov created by the shadow painting method based on the 16th-century Tabriz miniature Young Reader. The project’s concept embraces the unity of perception of visual and sound images. Video installations take the viewer to the poem through the main storyline. Miniature characters from the old handwritten books illustrated in the videos come to life and invite visitors to travel to their enchanted world. Walking through this revived medieval book, among the luxurious decoration of the palace premises, the viewer finds himself in the space of a ballet surrounded by dancing ballerinas, arising from the vast expanses of the Universe like mirages. The exhibition displays a short film, the international project of spoken word poetry Nizami: Word of Mouth organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the ICOM Azerbaijan National Committee. More than 150 famous people – art and culture figures from Azerbaijan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan – recite here fragments from Nizami Ganjavi’s Seven Beauties poem. The exposition represents exhibits from the collections of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, and the State Museum of Musical Culture of Azerbaijan. Organizers: Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Russian Federation, and the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. Exhibition runs until May 9, 2022. ..
25.01.2022 11:31 The Ministry for Culture is launching a project called "Cultural Pearls of Shusha"Since 2022 has been declared the “Year of Shusha“ in our country by the decree of President Ilham Aliyev, certain obligations and responsibilities are put upon on the shoulders of the Ministry for Culture. The Ministry for Culture is launching a project called “Cultural Pearls of Shusha“ Launched to cover the rich culture of Shusha, the project will consist of seven sections: “Architectural Chronicle of Shusha“, “Temple of Azerbaijani music - Shusha“, “Hearth of Mugham - Shusha“, “Karabakh carpet school - Shusha“, “Literary life of Shusha“ , “Faces of Shusha“, “Shusha national clothing style“. ..
16.11.2021 11:47 International Essay Competition “A Letter to Nizami Ganjavi”The International Essay Competition “A Letter to Nizami Ganjavi” is dedicated to the 880th birth anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi The competition is organized by Azerbaijan Republic ministries - Culture and Foreign Affairs. The main purpose of organizing the competition is to promote the heritage of great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi, to stimulate the writing of modern literary pieces about Nizami’s greatness by involving Azerbaijani and foreign writers in the competition. Terms of participation: Each author can submit only one work for the competition. Works should be original and not issued or published anywhere before. Works must be written in Azerbaijani, Turkish, English or Russian languages. Cover page (first page) of the work should include information about author and contact details (phone number and e-mail). Works must be written by one person. Collaboraive writing is not accepted. Works must be sent to the below indicated email address. Theme: Nizami Ganjavi Volume of essay: Essay should not exceed 880 words. Prize fund of competition: 4,042 (four thousand, forty-two) US dollars Selection of winners and awards: Three winners will be selected, according to the assessment criteria set by the Commission. First place – 2,021 US dollars Second place – 1,141 US dollars Third place – 880 US dollars Winner of the first place will also be awarded the commemorative badge “880th birth anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi (1141 - 2021)”. Duration of the competition: Essays for the competition will be accepted until December 20, 2021. The Commission will not accept the works that do not meet the requirements of the competition. For more information, please contact: Tel.: +99412 493 06 80 WhatsApp: +99451 777 61 15 Participants should send their works to the following e-mail address: email@example.com © The Ministry of Culture retains the right to prepare for publishing and print the works submitted for the competition by protecting copyright. ..
28.09.2021 19:02 Information of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Mehmandarovs’ Mansion ComplexMehmandarovs’ mansion complex in Shusha belongs to the family of Karim bey Mehmandarov and is one of the historical and architectural monuments of Azerbaijan. A historical and architectural monument of the 18th century, the mansion complex was built by representatives of the Mehmandarov dynasty, who held various civil and military positions in the administrative system of the Azerbaijani khanates, including the Khanate of Karabakh (Garabagh). As a complex of buildings, the mansion includes one large and one small house and a mosque. Later, a fountain was built on the road to the mosque. Mehmandarovs’ mansion complex was first certified by the Ministry of Culture of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Azerbaijan in 1977-1978. The large house served as Shusha City Hospital during the Soviet era. On the 19th of May 1987, Shusha branch of the State Museum of Azerbaijani Carpets and Applied Arts (now the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum) began operating in the residential complex, which once belonged to the Mehmandarovs. Due to the occupation of Shusha by the Armenian armed forces in 1992, the exhibits in the branch were evacuated and brought to Baku. As was reported, the mansion complex of the Mehmandarovs was also severely damaged and destroyed during the war. Most of the buildings of Mehmandarovs’ property were ruined. The small residential house was used by the Armenians as the History Museum of Shusha. The mosque was also appropriated by the Armenians and turned into a museum of geology. The large-scale reconstruction and renovation operations in our liberated territories, including the restoration and construction process in Shusha, are all being carried out by the Azerbaijani state as per the original architectural style of Shusha. And as part of this work, it has also been envisaged to restore Mehmandarovs’ mansion complex, where repair and construction work is now being carried out. * * * Information du Ministre de la Culture de la République d'Azerbaïdjan sur le Complexe Résidentiel Mehmandarov Le complexe résidentiel Mehmandarov de Choucha, propriété de la famille de Karim bey Mehmandarov, est l'un des monuments historiques et architecturaux d'Azerbaïdjan. Ce monument historique et architectural du XVIIIème siècle a été construit par des membres de la dynastie des Mehmandarov qui ont occupé divers postes civils et militaires dans le système administratif des khanats Azerbaïdjanais et, en particulier, celui du Karabakh. Constitué d'un ensemble de bâtiments, le complexe résidentiel comprend une grande maison, une petite maison et une mosquée. Plus tard, une fontaine a été construite sur la route menant à la mosquée. Le complexe résidentiel Mehmandarov a été certifié pour la première fois par le Ministère de la Culture de la République Socialiste d'Azerbaïdjan en 1977-1978. La grande maison a servi d'hôpital de Choucha à l'époque soviétique. Le 19 mai 1987, la succursale de Choucha du Musée d'État des Tapis Azerbaïdjanais et des Arts Appliqués (actuellement Musée National du Tapis Azerbaïdjanais) s'est installée dans l'ancien complexe résidentiel des Mehmandarovs. En raison de l'occupation de Choucha par les forces armées arméniennes en 1992, les œuvres qui y étaient exposées ont été transférées à Bakou. Selon ce qui a été rapporté, le complexe résidentiel des Mehmandarovs a été sévèrement endommagé et a subi des destructions pendant la guerre. La plupart des bâtiments ont été dégradés. La petite maison a été utilisé par les Arméniens comme Musée d'Histoire de Choucha. Ils se sont aussi approprié la mosquée et en ont fait un musée de géologie. Les opérations d'envergure de reconstruction et de rénovation dans les territoires libérés, parmi lesquelles figurent la restauration et la reconstruction de Choucha, sont toutes menées par l'état Azerbaïdjanais dans le style architectural originel de Choucha. Dans le cadre de ces travaux, il a aussi été décidé de restaurer le complexe résidentiel des Mehmandarovs, et le chantier de réparation et de reconstruction est actuellement en cours. ..
23.09.2021 12:57 Baku International Book Fair will be hosted at Baku Expo CenterFrom the 6th to the 10th of October 2021, the 7th Baku International Book Fair will be hosted at Baku Expo Center. The purpose of this fair is to promote and popularize books and reading habit, while familiarizing visitors with the print media of both Azerbaijani and foreign publishers. The fair’s aim is to support the publishing business and to connect publishers and bookstores for potential co-operation. This Book Fair aims at ensuring an exchange of experience and views on the development of the book business in the digital era. Baku International Book Fair 2021 will be dedicated to the 880th anniversary of a great Azerbaijani poet and philosopher Nizami Ganjavi, a prominent figure in world literature. The fair will feature publishing and printing houses, as well as bookstores and cultural centres; it is expected that about 200 companies from different countries will take part in the fair. Baku International Book Fair 2021 is a unique opportunity for various businesses to demonstrate and sell their printed products, as well as to negotiate and sign lucrative contracts with both local and foreign publishers and authors, as well as national publishing and printing companies. Participants and visitors will enjoy an interesting programme of additional events during five days of the fair. The organiser of the exhibition is the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, gold sponsor – “bp Azerbaijan” company, general TV partner - Azerbaijan Public TV and Radio Broadcasting Company (ITV). Organisational support is provided by Caspian Event Organisers (CEO). The organiser of the event will provide exhibitors with an exhibition space of up to 6 m2, including necessary equipment. Visitors can use the buses which leave every half an hour from Koroglu and every hour from Elmler Akademiyasi metro stations. To participate in the Baku International Book Fair exhibition and receive more detailed information, please contact the organizers at +994124041000, firstname.lastname@example.org . ..
07.05.2021 20:41 The restoration of the Gazanchy Church in Shusha demonstrates the care of the Azerbaijani state for not only its own cultural heritage, but also for the Christian heritage as a wholeMaryam Gafarzada, Head of the Information and Public Relations department of the Ministry for Culture, gave an extensive interview to AZERTAG. - Azerbaijan has stated that all religious heritage and monuments in our liberated territories, regardless of their origin, will be protected and restored to a high level. The restoration of the Gazanchy Church in Shusha is also an issue that requires special attention in this regard. What can you say about this? - We are living in the most vibrant period of the history of independent Azerbaijan. Under the leadership of the Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, the courageous Azerbaijani Army liberated Karabakh, one of the main pillars of our national culture, history and statehood, and returned it to our people. The cultural spirit of our native Shusha is also reverting, and its historical appearance is being restored. Shusha, the crown of Karabakh, has a special place in our history. The liberation of Shusha, the pearl of the Turkic nations, the Islamic world, the whole Caucasus, and the capital of Azerbaijani culture, is a very important event in our glorious history. Shusha is of historical and cultural significance and has an exceptional moral value for the people of Azerbaijan, which is why it is of immense importance to treat Shusha with special care and sensitivity. Therefore, President Ilham Aliyev signed an order today declaring the city of Shusha the Cultural Capital of Azerbaijan. The Presidential Order will ensure that the historical image of Shusha is restored, its former glory is rehabilitated, and the city is back to its traditional and rich cultural life, while promoting Shusha worldwide as a pearl of Azerbaijan’s centuries-old rich heritage of culture, architecture and urban development. As you know, Shusha, which was vandalized by the occupying Armenians during the occupation that lasted for almost thirty years, has been under construction and restoration for several months. The city's mosques, madrassas, imarets, caravanserais, hamams, tombs, churches, canals, museums and other important monuments are being revived. The restoration of very important examples of the cultural history of Azerbaijan is undoubtedly an example of our ownership of our own history, culture and monuments. The huge reconstruction work carried out by the Azerbaijani state in our liberated territories, including the restoration and construction process in Shusha, is carried out in accordance with the original architectural style of Shusha in order to restore the historical image of the city. As part of the work, the Gazanchy Church is being restored. Note that the Gazanchy Church is located on the outskirts of Shusha, in its upper part. It is said that they began to build the church on an ancient Zoroastrian temple in 1868, and the construction was completed in the 1880s. The church is a domed basilica with four apsides. The interior of the church is covered with carved local stones, without any special architectural ornaments. The doors and windows of the church are made in a simple way. The church, which was registered (inventory No. 358) by Resolution No. 132 dated the 2nd of August 2001of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, was first included in the list of monuments by Resolution No. 145 dated the 27th of April 1988 of the Council of Ministers of Azerbaijan SSR. In 1987, the passport of the monument was developed. Like all other historical and cultural monuments of Azerbaijan, the Gazanchy Church will be restored on the basis of historical documents and archival materials, in accordance with its original artistic and aesthetic appearance; it is a scientific-practical-research activity and includes a comprehensive analysis of the monument, and the study of architectural and historical features. The restoration project will allow the monument to be returned to its original appearance, as it was in the 19th century. In addition, the said project will be discussed and approved by a Scientific Council consisting of experienced architects and restorers. Moreover, the opinion of foreign experts with extensive experience in the relevant field, who are aware of the international preservation and restoration standards approved by UNESCO, is being obtained with regard to the restoration project. It is also planned to conduct in-situ inspections with foreign experts and periodically monitor the progress of the restoration work during the restoration process. This testifies that we remain faithful to and take care of our historical monuments. Azerbaijani monuments damaged by Armenian vandalism and forgery are being revived by reverting them to their historical appearance and mission. Although the process of the restoration of monuments in Karabakh and Shusha made our friends happy, it deeply shook our enemies. Unable to digest the restoration of the historic Gazanchy Church in Shusha, the aggressive terrorist Armenia, slanders us and tries to make absurd allegations. However, all this is in vain, and as long as our monuments are restored and our historical and cultural heritage is returned to the liberated territories as part of the Great Return, the Azerbaijani state policy, aimed at peace, development and progress, will triumph. - Despite the abominable policy of the enemy, historical justice has been restored. After thirty years of barbarism in Karabakh, the life, creativity and culture are reverting back to this ancient land of Azerbaijan. - You are absolutely right. The cultural spirit of our native Karabakh is returning. Every inch of land, the monuments and geniuses of Karabakh are bright pages and an integral part of our ancient, rich culture. Now our culture, like our lands that had been subjected to enemy terror for years, is beginning to revive. The children of Azerbaijan will grow up victorious and proud. This, of course, will contribute to the future development of Azerbaijani culture and art. On the basis of the relevant orders and instructions of President Ilham Aliyev, important and interesting projects have been launched in Shusha, our cradle of culture and music. The flower Khary-Bulbul (Ophrys Caucasica), grown only in Shusha, that we have been longing for these many years and that the people of Shusha have dried and preserved as the most valuable memory, has now come to life; this will be proved once again by the Khary-Bulbul Festival to be held in Shusha. Karabakh carpets, which adorn the world's museums and are historically sought after by the richest merchants and collectors, will return to the land of their loops. Magical patterns and ornaments made by talented carpet weavers of Karabakh will once again decorate every corner of the globe. The exiled Karabakh horses will again make their way to their native Jydyr Plain. The followers of Molla Panah Vagif's work, who created unique pearls of poetry and gave impetus to new directions in our literature, will no longer miss their native land in their poems; instead, they will glorify the beauty of Karabakh, the mountains of Shusha, every stone and rock destroyed by our hated enemy. - The “Great Return” short feature, documentary and animated film projects competition held by the Ministry of Culture is already over. Can you give more details in this regard? - As you know, on the 22nd of January this year, the Ministry of Culture announced the “Great Return” short feature, documentary and animated film projects competition. The main purpose of the competition was to support creative people working in the field of national cinematography, to stimulate the activities of state studios and independent production centres working in this area, to promote national-spiritual and universal values through films, to further enhance the experience of film professionals, as well as to contribute to the Great Victory in the Patriotic War through cinema. The theme of the competition covered the glorious victory of our people in the 2020 Patriotic War, the heroic struggle of Azerbaijani soldiers, our mighty army, for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country, the return of our compatriots longing for their native places to their ancestral lands, as well as the activities of our people united like an iron fist in the home front. Note that the competition aroused great interest. The 49 projects that met the initial admission requirements were evaluated by a jury in the second - Artistic Selection stage. At this stage, 26 projects that differed from the artistic and cinematographic point of view were selected by the jury of the competition and won the right to participate in the last stage - Pitching. 12 of them were feature films, 8 documentaries and 6 animated film projects. The Pitching stage was held on the 27th of April at the Azerbaijan State Film Fund and was broadcast live on the Fund`s YouTube channel. The jury evaluated all the projects taking into account the artistic and cinematic qualities. 11 projects (5 feature, 4 documentary, and 2 animated film projects) were selected as winners in the process, which took place through the open voting of the jury. The names of these projects were announced on the official website of the Ministry of Culture on the 30th of April. The winning projects will be produced by the company that submitted them on the basis of the order and financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. - In accordance with the presidential decree “On the organization of temporary special management in the liberated territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan”, representatives of the Ministry of Culture have launched a monitoring process to ensure an initial inventory taking and protection of historical and cultural sites in the liberated territories. How is the monitoring process going and what are the results? - So far, 313 state-registered historical and cultural monuments have been monitored as part of the aforementioned process. Moreover, 113 unregistered historical, architectural and archaeological objects located in those areas were discovered (newly discovered monuments). Most of the historical and cultural monuments and objects of historical, architectural and archaeological significance were completely destroyed by the occupiers; it was revealed that these monuments were demolished and vandalized. In addition, 846 cultural institutions, including 451 libraries, 342 centres of culture and clubs, 20 museums, 25 children's music schools, 1 cinema, 2 theatres, 2 galleries, and 3 movie clubs were monitored. Although 14 of these enterprises were found during the initial monitoring, they are not in the ministry's network. Almost all enterprises are in a state of complete destruction. The monitoring was conducted in Shusha, Jabrayil, Fuzuli, Zangilan, Khojavend, Gubadly, Aghdam and Kalbajar regions. It turns out that most of the historical and cultural monuments and objects of historical, architectural and archaeological significance were interfered with by the hateful invaders. These objects were defaced in 'senseless' acts of vandalism. Many of these objects were completely destroyed; there are only some remains left. The monitoring continues, and once this process is completed, we will bring the full picture of the damage done to our culture during the Armenian occupation to the attention of both the public and the international community. ..
18.02.2021 11:21 STATEMENT OF THE MINISTRY FOR CULTURE OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJANThe website Armenpress.am (https://armenpress.am/rus/news/1043451.html) has recently announced that an exhibition of carpets, which were illegally removed from the Shusha Carpet Museum on the 1st of November 2020, will be held at the Alexander Tamanyan National Museum-Institute of Architecture on the 20th of February 2021. The carpets to be showcased at the exhibition under the so-called name “Arsakh” are glaring examples of our national heritage of Karabakh, which is an integral part of our country. This exhibition is yet another proof of looting and misappropriation by Armenians. Therefore, based on UNESCO’s 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and Article 19 of its Second Protocol, as well as Article 11 of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, Armenia's wrongful actions such as the illicit export, transportation and import of our cultural heritage from the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan is a blatant violation of international law, and the entire responsibility for this falls on the Government of Armenia. The carpet - while being one of the rare works of art - is an important source of information both about the history of its birthplace and the people living in that area who created it. One of the main targets of our neighbours in the Armenianisation of our carpets is to falsify the history of Karabakh. The composition, patterns and colour scheme of the carpets woven here for centuries prove once again that Karabakh is one of the ancient cultural centres of Azerbaijan. The art of carpet weaving is one of the rare examples of the Azerbaijani people's ancient legacy to our humanity. It is not coincidence that UNESCO recognised the traditional art of weaving of Azerbaijani carpet as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2010. This tradition is so deeply rooted in our people that it is widespread and has developed in every region of Azerbaijan. Historically, there were 8 main carpet-weaving schools in Azerbaijan, and each of them differed from each other in its patterns and colours. The reason for the spread of carpet weaving traditions among the Armenians of Karabakh is that they adopted it from the local community of Azerbaijanis. Armenians have never engaged in carpet weaving, but in carpet trading, and in the process of trading, they have been trying to spread misleading information to the world by presenting Azerbaijani carpets as Armenian carpets. Iakob (Yakov) Simonovich Zedginidze (Zedgenidze), who conducted research in Karabakh in the 19th century, wrote that the entire Muslim population here was engaged in carpet weaving and that the carpets woven in Karabakh rank first in the entire Caucasus both in quantity and quality, while Armenians never engaged in this art; on the contrary, they were calling it an “undesirable practice”. Therefore, the exhibition of the carpets that were illegally removed from the Shusha Carpet Museum at the Alexander Tamanyan National Museum-Institute of Architecture under the auspices of the Armenian Government is a clear example of Armenia's disrespect for international conventions to which it is a party with certain obligations, and UNESCO shall not turn a blind eye to this misbehaviour. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan will carry out the necessary legal procedures with UNESCO in this regard. ..
07.12.2020 13:18 Haji Alakbar MosqueHaji Alakbar Mosque in Fuzuli city is one of the first works of Karbalayi Safikhan Garabaghi. A stone inscription bearing the words “This is the Architect Karbalayi Safikhan Garabaghi’s work” was found at the entrance door. Date of construction of the Mosque – the year 1307 Hegira calendar was also noted on inscription. This date corresponds to 1889-1890 AD. During the occupation of the Fuzuli city by the Armenian Armed Forces in 1993, Haji Alakbar Mosque was rendered useless. ..
02.12.2020 11:10 Russian cultural figures who appealed to UNESCO receive a letterReportedly, a group of cultural figures from the Russian Federation have appealed to UNESCO to help protect the Christian heritage in Karabakh and inscribe this heritage in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Referring only to the Christian monuments, this letter disregards the fact that numerous Islamic cultural heritage sites have been destroyed during the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and its neighbouring areas by Armenia, as well as the fact that the Azerbaijani Government protects all historical, cultural and religious heritage sites located in its territory without any discrimination, and takes this issue very seriously. This letter is addressed directly to UNESCO, which proves that it is biased and was deliberately prepared as part of a smear campaign against our country. The First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Acting Minister Anar Karimov, sent a letter to the cultural figures who signed the afore-mentioned appeal. The letter first informs them about the destruction of our cultural heritage sites (in most cases, both Muslim and Christian heritage sites) located in the territories of Azerbaijan, which were previously occupied by Armenia for many years. The letter further refers to the facts proving that our state protects both religious (Muslim, Christian, Jewish) and cultural heritage sites located in the various cities of Azerbaijan. In addition, the letter reproaches the Russian cultural figures for addressing their concerns directly to UNESCO, not the Azerbaijani Government, and advises them not to fall victim to Armenian propaganda. At the end of his letter, Acting Minister Anar Karimov invited the cultural figures who signed the afore-mentioned appeal to visit the heritage sites in the liberated lands of Azerbaijan, which have been destroyed and looted for nearly 30 years, and to see how our country takes care of the cultural heritage. It is noteworthy that the letter to UNESCO was not welcomed unequivocally by a number of renowned people and cultural figures who widely criticised it. ..
01.12.2020 12:21 Mamayi MosqueThe architect of the eponymous mosque built in the Mamayi neighborhood of Shusha in the 19th century, was Karbala Shafi Khan Karabakh. There was a “guldeste” (tent-shaped booth for muezzin) on the roof of Mamayi mosque which resembled the other quadrangular house roofs of the residential buildings in Shusha. Mamayi mosque functioned as a poetry house during years of soviet power. The mosque is two-storied ..
27.11.2020 12:07 Khanabert FortressXanabert qalası Kəlbəcər rayonunun Vəngli kəndində, Gəncəsər monastrının cənub tərəfində yerləşən tarix-memarlıq abidəsidir. ..
26.11.2020 12:51 Palace of Panahali KhanThe monument, known as the “Palace of Panahali Khan“, is located near the city of Agdam and is a historical and architectural monument of the 18th century, from which today only ruins remain. ..
25.11.2020 12:38 Sharifan TombThe historical monument is located in Sharifan village of Zangilan district, on the right bank of the Hakari river. Only the remains of the lower part of the ancient tomb have survived. The upper part of the tomb was destroyed. The Sharifan tomb is considered to be a monument built at the turn of the XIII-XIV centuries. ..
24.11.2020 12:40 Askeran Fortress The territory of Azerbaijan is rich in fortifications and fortresses built for defense purposes. One of them is the Askeran fortress. The Askeran fortress, built in the 18th century by order of the Karabakh khan Panah Ali khan, is one of the brightest examples of Azerbaijani architecture. The construction of the fortress was associated with the rise of the Karabakh Khanate. The Askeran fortress is located about 24 km from Shusha, 5 km from Khojaly and 12 km south of Aghdam, on the right and left banks of the Qarqar river. After the occupation of Khojaly by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia in 1992, the fortress has suffered distruction. A few years ago, Armenia began illegal “restoration“ work in the fortress of Askeran. According to the images circulated on the internet, the “restoration“ work is designed to completely change the appearance of the fortress. The architectural style of the historic building has changed, and deep pits have formed in the construction area. Armenia has seriously damaged the appearance of the historical monument in order to misappropriate the Askeran fortress. ..
23.11.2020 15:44 The Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan calls on prominent cultural figures of France for honesty and impartialityA group of renowned cultural figures from France (directors, writers, performers, musicians, journalists, singers) have signed an appeal in support of Armenian separatism in Garabagh, based on lies and slander; this was reported in the French newspaper Le Figaro. The appeal demonstrates solidarity with the Armenians, a concern for their fate in Garabagh, the reoccurrence of the so-called “1915 genocide”, support for Armenian separatism, and, in general, Azerbaijan’s mythical “insidious plans”. The Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan states that for about thirty years Armenia had illegally occupied internationally recognised territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Nagorno-Karabakh (Daghlyg Garabagh) region and seven neighbouring towns, refusing to implement UN Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884. During the many years of occupation, as a result of the aggressive policy of Armenia, immovable historical and cultural monuments in these areas that belong to the Azerbaijani people have been destroyed, misappropriated and vandalised by not being used in accordance with their historical and cultural purposes. Along with houses, educational and industrial facilities in the occupied territories, hundreds of cultural institutions, including 927 libraries with a stock of 4.6 million books, 808 palaces of culture, clubs and cultural centres, 85 music and art schools, 22 museums and museum branches with more than 100 000 exhibits, 4 art galleries, 4 theatres, 2 concert halls, 8 culture and recreation parks, and more than 2 000 historical and cultural monuments have been victims of this vandalism. Such barbaric treatment of cultural heritage, including unique monuments of special importance, should be seen as a threat to world heritage. It is unfortunate that the participation of influential cultural figures in this appeal, which was presented to the world community without relying on relevant evidence and facts, including any scientific research, has become a tool of Armenian propaganda; this unprofessional approach casts a shadow over the image and impartiality of these individuals. We remind that despite being a member state of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and the 1970 Paris Convention on the Prohibition and Prevention of the Illicit Import, Export and Illegal Transfer of Cultural Property (UNESCO), there are indisputable facts and evidences about how Armenia has destroyed, falsified and looted Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage in the Azerbaijani territories that were once under occupation. The Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan invites renowned cultural and scientific figures from France to our liberated territories to witness the cultural genocide against Azerbaijan and to see in real life the current state of Azerbaijan’s destroyed and vandalised heritage. ..
23.11.2020 14:50 Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s House-Museum in ShushaIn 1959, a house-museum of the great Azerbaijani composer, founder of our national professional music, world-famous Uzeyir Hajibeyli was founded in the house where he spent his childhood in Shusha. Items from the composer's early years, manuscripts of his works, numerous documents, and photographs depicting his life and creativity were displayed in the museum's exposition. Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s anniversaries and jubilees had been constantly commemorated in the museum at national level. In 1985, UNESCO solemnly marked the 100th anniversary of Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s birth. The guests invited from different countries of the world visited Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s House-Museum in Shusha, where jubilee was celebrated. After occupation of Shusha by Armenia the museum discontinued its function. The museum's exhibits are preserved in the funds of Uzeyir Hajibeyli's house-museum in Baku. One of the most valuable examples brought to Baku is a handful of Shusha soil taken from the bottom of Uzeyir Bey's favorite pear tree in the museum yard. ..
23.11.2020 10:11 Anar Karimov gave an interview to AZERTAC“Under the Azerbaijani President’s relevant decree, temporary administrative commandant's offices were established in the liberated lands, which also include the Ministry of Culture. This once again shows that our President attaches great importance to culture. As the Ministry of Culture, we are proud to be at the forefront, and we consider this issue as a sacred mission. I would like to note that the commandant's offices operating in five districts have representatives of the Ministry of Culture assigned to each district. The delegates have already started their work,” said First Deputy Minister, Acting Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Anar Karimov in his interview with AZERTAC. “Their mission is to study the condition and ensure preservation of cultural institutions and historical monuments in the liberated lands. The preliminary results of the monitoring identified that there were 151 cultural institutions, including 72 libraries, 62 culture houses and clubs, 8 museums, 9 children's music schools in these districts. With heartache I must say that all these enterprises are in a state of disrepair. During the monitoring, 67 historical monuments were found, 34 of which were completely destroyed by the occupiers. The monuments of national importance are among them. They include Khudafarin bridges, the Red Albanian temple in Khojavand district, another Albanian temple in Hadrut, the Maiden's Tower in Zangilan and the Eight-cornered tomb in Mammadbayli village, the Caravanserai in Garghabazar village of Fuzuli, and our 18th century mosques in some districts. All the aforementioned monuments have either been destroyed or turned into stables for pets. This is not only against international law, but also against human values and Islam. We strongly condemn all this. These atrocities contradict the conventions adopted by UNESCO in 1954 and 1970. In general, Armenian vandals were engaged in the removal of traces of the millennial existence of Azerbaijanis in these areas. It should be called a policy of cultural terror and cleansing. Because 30 years ago, the Armenians first carried out the ethnic cleansing and then tried to end the process with cultural cleansing. The goal here, of course, was to completely erase everything belonging to Azerbaijanis from those territories. Traces of Armenian misappropriation, and falsification of historical facts were also found in the above-mentioned territories. This is an activity against the Albanian temples. Many of our temples and churches in Nagorno-Karabakh, which are the heritage of Azerbaijan and belong to the Caucasian Albania, have been appropriated by Armenians. They did this to strengthen their claims to those territories. Of course, this could not go on like that. We will invite international experts and register the facts in the falsified historical monuments, and declare these crimes to the whole world,“ Anar Karimov said. ..
20.11.2020 11:57 Gargabazar MosqueThe mosque is located in Garghabazar village of Fuzuli district. Popularly known as Shah Abbas Mosque among the people, this mosque was described in scientific literature as Haji Qiyaseddin Mosque. Because the door of the mosque bears an inscription as “This mosque was constructed by Haji Qiyaseddin, the kind creature of Great Allah, in Hegira 1095”. This date corresponds to AD 1683-1684. The mosque is built on a rocky hill in the center of the village. The caravanserai, built in the same period, is located to the south of the hill. The architectural analysis of the construction of the caravanserai and the mosque suggests that both monuments were built by the same architect. After the occupation of Fuzuli district by the Armenian armed forces in 1993, the mosque was destroyed. ..
19.11.2020 14:31 The Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan objects to biased position of the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe statement made on November 17, 2020 by The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Armenian cultural heritage sites reflects the biased and one-sided position of a leading cultural institution that is not fully informed about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its devastating consequences. The Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan reminds the MET that for nearly three decades, Armenia illegally kept occupied around 20% of internationally recognized territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan including Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven adjacent districts in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874, 884. Despite the fact that the Republic of Armenia is a State Party to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, there are irrefutable facts and evidences how Armenia destroyed, changed the character or looted Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage in the occupied territories. Hundreds of historical and cultural monuments, institutions, including 927 libraries with a book fund of 4.6 million, 808 recreational venues, 85 musical and art schools, 22 museums with the collection of more than 100.000 exhibits, 4 art galleries , 4 theaters, 2 concert places, 8 cultural parks became a victim of this vandalism. All mosques and other Islamic heritage in the occupied territories have been almost destroyed and transformed to pigpen. These crimes against humanity are become available in the various internet sites and forums. It is regretful that such prestigious institution as The Metropolitan Museum of Art without proper scientific research and study falls into the trap and became instrumentalized in the hands of Armenian propaganda. This unprofessional approach casts a shadow to the image and impartiality of the Institution. We invite The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the liberated territories for the technical mission to monitor the state of Azerbaijani heritage and to witness the cultural genocide committed against Azerbaijan. ..
19.11.2020 13:24 Varazgun TempleVarazgun Temple is an ancient Albanian monument located in Lachin district. Around the temple are the ruins of a village called Varazkhan. It is believed that the first name of the temple was Varazkhan or Varazgun. The monument was built in the II-V centuries during the Caucasian Albania period and ruins has remained until today. Remains of an ancient Albanian cemetery dating back to the 7th century, as well as coins belonging to the 16th century Safavid state had been found in the area of the temple built in the highland. ..
18.11.2020 12:17 Khubyarli Tombs“Round“ tomb of the XV century,Octagonal mausoleum of the XVI century which has a special place in the history of the Middle Ages due to its architectural style in Khubyarli village of Jabrayil region, was completely restored by a special repair brigade. However, these historical monuments had beed destroyed by the Armenian vandals during the occupation of Jabrayil region in 1993. ..
17.11.2020 13:05 Bashikesik DomeThe dome built in the 13th-14th centuries located in Daghtumas village of Jabrayil region was named “Bashikesik dome” (Headless dome) due to its open ceiling. Despite the restoration of the historical monument before the occupation, in 1993 several parts of the walls of the dome were destroyed by the Armenian armed forces. ..
16.11.2020 13:24 Mirali MausoleumMirali Mausoleum is a tower-shaped mausoleum rising on a hill in Ashagi Veysalli village of Fizuli region. Judging by the construction techniques, it is considered that this monument was built in the XIV century during the Ilkhanid period. ..
13.11.2020 13:03 Shikhlar TombShikhlar Tomb (Circular Tomb) is located near Shikhlar village of Jabrayil district. The upper part of the tomb was destroyed during Armenian occupation in 1993. ..
12.11.2020 17:19 We will always show due diligence and care towards the protection of the Christian religious heritage in the territory of the Republic of AzerbaijanAs a multicultural and multi-religious country, Azerbaijan has always been home for representatives of all nations and religions, who have co-existed and worked together peacefully for centuries; the state shows due care towards protecting, restoring and rebuilding their cultural heritage. The large Christian community in our country is an integral and active part of our society, and their monuments and places of worship, churches are fully protected by the Azerbaijani state and are regularly restored. It is no coincidence that during his visit to Azerbaijan in October 2016, Pope Francis praised Azerbaijan as a model country in the world for religious tolerance. The restoration and reconstruction of our historical and religious monuments, including churches and synagogues, is an integral part of the policy pursued by the Azerbaijani state in this area. Over the last 20 years, the Russian Orthodox Church (The Church of the Jen-Mironosits Cathedral), The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baku or Baku Church of the Saviour, and the Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church in Ganja have been renovated by the state, and the Orthodox Religious and Cultural Centre of the Baku and Azerbaijan Eparchy has been built. Moreover, the repair of the Chotari Albanian-Udi Church in Gabala and the Orthodox Church in Baku, and the construction of the Church of the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception in Baku were carried out as part of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s project “Azerbaijan – the Land of tolerance”. In 2020, within the framework of this project, the Albanian Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Nij settlement of Gabala was thoroughly restored by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The Armenian Church in the centre of Baku was restored by the Azerbaijani state and given to the free use of the people. Azerbaijan has contributed to the protection of the Christian heritage not only within the country but also worldwide; the restoration of the St. Sebastian catacombs at the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, including the restoration of the catacombs of Saints Marcellino and Pietro in Vatican, Rome, which was carried out as part of a bilateral agreement between the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Holy See (Vatican) on the restoration of Roman catacombs, as well as the erection of a monument to Prince Vladimir in the square in front of the St. Vladimir’s Church by the order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which were dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity in Russia and the 455th anniversary of the founding of Astrakhan, are among these projects. In addition, assistance was provided in the restoration of seven churches of the 10th-12th centuries in the settlements of Saint-Hilaire, Fresnaye-au-Sauvage, Saint-Hilaire-la-Gérard, Tanville, Courgeoût, Réveillon and Mâle in the Orne department of France. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan states that along with mosques and other Islamic monuments in the liberated territories, the Christian heritage, irrespective of its origin will also be preserved, restored and put into operation at the highest level. ..
12.11.2020 14:04 Beshikdag Church The church is located on Beshikdag Mountain in Aghdam district. The church, built in the style of Caucasian Albanian architecture, dates back to the 4th-7th centuries. ..
06.11.2020 14:16 Damirovlu Pir TempleThe monument belonging to the material and cultural heritage of Caucasian Albania, is located in Karykyshlak village of Lachin district and belongs to XI century. Since Lachin district has been occupied by Armenia in1992, the current condition of the monument is unknown. ..
05.11.2020 14:31 Khudavang Monastery ComplexThe complex of Khudavang or Dedeveng complex located in the Vang village of Kalbajar region, on the Terterchay river’s left bank, is one of the largest and most beautiful examples of Azerbaijan’s Christian architecture. Many construction inscriptions have survived in the Khudavang Complex. A number of names indicated therein such as Arzu, Tursun, Seyti, Hasan, Avag, Shams, Altun, Aghbuh, Garagoz, etc. should be considered of exact providing the builders’ Turkic identity. After the occupation of the Kalbajar district by the Armenian armed forces in 1993, Khudaveng Monastery Complex was presented to the world as an Armenian monument. ..
03.11.2020 12:47 Red MonasteryThe historical monument located in Gozlu village of Kalbajar district was built in 1224. The monumentcomplex, which belongs to Albanian Christian architecture, consists of a church, narthex, cell and other buildings. This historical monument has been under Armenian occupation since 1993 and is on the verge of destruction. ..
02.11.2020 12:41 Khojaly TombOne of the monuments erected in the 14th century is Khojaly tomb built of the hewn white stones in Khojaly mound. As the stone coating of the Khojaly tomb peeled off, the monument had an unusual appearance. ..