Photos Nagorno Karabakh
Photos Nagorno Karabakh

Photos - Nagorno Karabakh

Visiting Nagorno-Karabakh during our Caucasus tour was one of those ideas born from our ambition to include “of the beaten track” destinations in our itinerary. The independence war from the early 1990s has left many scars on the country that is recognized as part of Azerbaijan by most countries. What impressed us most in Nagorno-Karabakh, however was the beautiful rugged nature in this mountainous region.

Stalin decided to include the Nagorno-Karabakh region under the Azerbaijan and not Armenian SSR driven by divide and rule politics. The 90% Armenian majority decided to fight for independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The rebels were helped by the Armenian army while Azerbaijan was supported by Chechen terrorists, a bloody war broke out that was finally won by Armenia and the rebels. We cannot deny that our particular interest in Nagorno-Karabakh was the war and the current status of the conflict. We wanted to visit some of the major battlefields like Susha, find out how a non-recognized country functions and see memorials erected after the war. It was however the incredible beauty of the region that we will remember most from Nagorno-Karabakh.

Lachin corridor - Karabakh Armenian border

Posing with the border sign on the Nagorno Karabakh - Armenian border with beautiful mountains in the background

Stepanakert - Karabakh mountains

Mountains of Nagorno-Karabakh that make up most of the land in this country between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Lachin corridor - Gori highway sign

Sign on the Gori to Stepanakert highway proclaiming that the highway was build with financial help of the Armenian Diaspora

Stepanakert - National Assembly of NKR

The building of the National Assembly of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Republic Square in the centre of Stepanakert

Stepanakert - Government building of NKR

The Government building of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Republic Square in the centre of Stepanakert

Stepanakert - Government building of NKR

The Nagorno-Karabakh coat of arms has replaced the Soviet coat of arms on the Nagorno-Karabakh Government building

Stepanakert - Government building

Soviet era Nagorno-Karabakh Government building on Republic on Republic Square in the capital Stepanakert

Stepanakert - Government building

Soviet era Nagorno-Karabakh Government building on Republic on Republic Square in the capital Stepanakert

Stepanakert - Armenia hotel

The Armenia Hotel located on Republic Square adjacent to the National Assembly of Nagorno-Karabakh

Stepanakert - Armenia hotel

Dinner at the Armenia Hotel with tasty salads, soup, cheese, olives, eggs and locally produced Vodka

Stepanakert - Artsakhbank HQ

The Central Office of Artsakhbank the national bank of Nagorno-Karabakh situated on Republic Square

Stepanakert - Stepan Shahumyan statue

Statue of Stepan Shahumyan a revolutionary and member of the Baku Soviet Commune, nicknamed the

Stepanakert - Nelson Stepanyan monument

Bust of Soviet WW2 dive bomber pilot and twice hero of the Soviet Union Nelson Stepanyan who was born in Shushi

Stepanakert - Nelson Stepanyan monument

Section of the Nelson Stepanyan monument in Stepanakert with two Soviet Hero medals and an airplane screw propeller

Stepanakert - Wall painting

Interesting wall painting in typical Nagorno-Karabakh style behind the Government house in Stepanakert

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