SHOUSHI, Artsakh—Artsakh’s (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) Ministry of Culture relocated to the historic city of Shoushi over the weekend, in what is seen as the government’s efforts to boost development in that town.
Artsakh President Bako Sahakian was joined by the Primate of the Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Barkev Martirosian, speaker of National Assembly Ashot Ghoulyan, Prime Minister Ara Haroutyunyan and other officials at the opening ceremony of the new Culture Ministry building in Shoushi, which was once the cultural capital of Armenia.
President Sahakian emphasized the importance of transferring different institutions to Artsakh’s ancient cultural capital considering it a significant factor for further development of Shoushi. Sahakian added that such moves would also contribute to the protection of historical buildings.
Shushi, which is situated about 10 kilometers south of the capital Stepanakert and has a population of about 3,000, is regarded as Karabakh’s old cultural capital.
In 1992, the Nagorno-Karabakh self-defense forces heroically captured Shoushi from Azeri occupation forces, who had turned this ancient city into stronghold from where they opened fire on the population of Stepanakert.