Nagorno Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh

Student Bella Gasparyan (age 10) plays on kanun instrument during a school class in the Khomitas Musical School from Stepanakert. Besides learning the classical instruments, the pupils also learn how to play to traditional instruments like duduk, kanun, zurna, oud or saz. Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

A group of girls plays on the gas tank in a residential district in the capital Stepanakert. With a population of 140.000, the majority being Armenians, Nagorno Karabakh Republic aims to achieve political and economical stability. The high unemployment rate, low salaries and the lack of opportunities for the youngsters make the unrecognized republic to be a hard place to live. Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

A saleswoman cracks nuts in a food market in Stepanakert. With a population of 140.000, the majority being Armenians, Nagorno Karabakh Republic aims to achieve political and economical stability. The high unemployment rate, low salaries and the lack of opportunities for the youngsters make the unrecognized republic to be a hard place to live. Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

A saleswoman makes "janghialov hats", a traditional dish made by a mix of 7-8 tipes of greens covered in dough, in a food market in Stepanakert. With a population of 140.000, the majority being Armenians, Nagorno Karabakh Republic aims to achieve political and economical stability. The high unemployment rate, low salaries and the lack of opportunities for the youngsters make the unrecognized republic to be a hard place to live. Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Mayraberd Askeran Fortress (built in 1751) is situated in the town of Askeran, 14 km East from Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is located on the banks of the Qarqar River and was built by the Karabakh khanate ruler Panah Ali Khan and consists of two sections. The left-bank section features a double line of stone walls - 2m thick and 9m tall. The walls of this vanguard fort of Karkar valley stretch over 1.5km and during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, the fortress served as the military headquarters for Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians fighting against Azerbaijan. Askeran, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Mayraberd Askeran Fortress (built 1751) is situated in the town of Askeran, 14 km East from Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is located on the banks of the Qarqar River and was built by the Karabakh khanate ruler Panah Ali Khan and consists of two sections. The left-bank section features a double line of stone walls - 2m thick and 9m tall. The walls of this vanguard fort of Karkar valley stretch over 1.5km and during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, the fortress served as the military headquarters for Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians fighting against Azerbaijan. Askeran, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Mayraberd Askeran Fortress (built 1751) is situated in the town of Askeran, 14 km East from Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is located on the banks of the Qarqar River and was built by the Karabakh khanate ruler Panah Ali Khan and consists of two sections. The left-bank section features a double line of stone walls - 2m thick and 9m tall. The walls of this vanguard fort of Karkar valley stretch over 1.5km and during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, the fortress served as the military headquarters for Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians fighting against Azerbaijan. Askeran, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

The gate of Vanqasar church (VIIth century) near Tigranakert of Artsakh. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

The Church of Vanqasar is an VIIth century Armenian church near Tigranakert of Artsakh. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Ancient church ruins (Vth-VIIth centuries) near the city of Tigranakert, built by Armenian King Tigran the Great (Ist century), dating back to the Hellenistic period. According to historians there were 5 major cities built by Tigran the Great at various strategic positions throughout the Armenian Empire. Each of these cities was named after the king - Tigranakert. This one, named Tigranakert of Artsakh, occupies an area of about 50 hectares and is located in the province of Martakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh, four kilometers South of the Khachenaget River. Excavations at Tigranakert began in March 2005, when it was first discovered, and are currently ongoing. Aghdam region, Nagorno-Karabakh, 19 September 2008.