Susha historical and architectural reserve

Susha historical and architectural reserve is part of the Tentative list in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Currently in Nagorno Karabakh Republic, nonrecognized by any other country in the world (even Armenia). Susha was heavily involved in Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict (1992-1993) in Nagorno Karabakh region being a local Muslin (Azerbaijan) community in mostly Armenian teritory. During the fierce fightings the historic center was mostly destroyed.

In 2014 (July) when I was visiting the place the majority of Susha mosques lied in ruins together with plenty of Turkish (Azerbaijan) style houses. Most of soviet style buildings in the historic center (from 70-80 of XX century) were also destroyed (at least partly) while town walls as well as Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, Kanach Zham church and 2 others churches are rebuild.

A stroll throughout city streets is somehow depressing. Traces of war are visible everywhere. Big part of old town is still untouched as it was left alone in 1993. Only the ruins resembles the war. The upper part of the town (up from Ghazanchetsots Cathedral) is more rebuilt and vivid.

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Full name: Susha historical and architectural reserve

Site History

  • 2001 - Tentative List

    Submitted as tentative site by State Party

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