Agency Works to Save Karabakh Landmarks

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–There are more than 10,000 monumen’s–monasteries–castles and other historical landmarks in Artsakh. Two years ago–the Monument Preservation Department was created responsible for registering and repairing the monumen’s. Slava Sargsian–the director of the Department told reporters that although it is difficult to conduct any serious work repairing these landmarks because of the lack of financial resources–they do manage to repair monumen’s that are in worst condition.

The monument preservation department–with its limited finances–was also able to release publications of pamphlets and books–which–as Sargsian noted–was a significant factor contributing to the protection and exhibition of Karabakh’s historical landmarks and artifacts. Recently–the department published a book about Khachen’s castles (Khachen is a province in Karabakh). The histories of 14 castles–the results of recent studies–and photos are documented in the book. Emphasizing the fact that no similar work was done before–Sargsian said that this was an important avenue to pursue for the further education of Armenia’s and all people of the world on Karabakh’s history and its place in the world.

In the near future–a book containing stories about the history of Shushi is expected to be published. A brochure illustrating Stepanakert’s history and culture is also planned.

The department also worked on developing Nagorno Karabakh’s tourism industry. The following two museum are expected to be built: the Natural and Historical Museums of Khachen and Dizak–and the Historical and Cultural Museum of Shushi.

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