YEREVAN (Armenpress)–On the eve of the 1700th anniversary of adopting Christianity as a state religion in Armenia–the restoration of Karabakh’s historical monumen’s have begun. Recently–the gates of the church complex "Bri Yekhtsi" in the village of Hatsi in the Askeran region–have been re-opened. The 12th to 13th century complex is situated on the crossroads of the Transcaucasus and Persia–and was a link between West and East. The restoration of the complex was executed by the Department on Protection and Study of Monumen’s operating within the Karabakh Ministry of Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports.
Currently–plans on restoring the monumen’s of Stepanakert and its suburbs–where over 20 non-registered churches–ancient bridges–khachkars (cross stones) and cemeteries have been found–are under way. The creation of natural museums in the Khachen valley and Toghadzor is also being planned in the near future.