By Laman Ismayilova
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) delegation
and cultural heritage experts visited Azerbaijan's Karabakh region,
Azernews reports, citing azertac .
The visit to liberated territories was held within an
international conference on 'UNESCO conventions' role in preserving
cultural values and aspects of improving their application'.
The conference was co-organized by Azerbaijan National
Commission for UNESCO, ICOMOS Azerbaijan National Committee, ICOM
Azerbaijan National Committee, and the ADA University.
The delegation was accompanied by Senior Advisor to the Special
Representative of the Azerbaijani President in the Karabakh
Economic Region (except for Shusha) Araz Imanov and Secretary
General of the ICOMOS Azerbaijan National Committee Rashad
As part of the visit, the ICOMOS delegation and cultural
heritage experts viewed the Imarat complex, the Alley of Martyrs,
the ruins of the Aghdam Dramatic Theater, Juma Mosque, Shahbulagh
Castle, and the Giyasli Mosque in Aghdam.
The guests were given detailed information about the history of
Aghdam. It was noted that before the Armenian occupation, Aghdam
was one of the largest and most developed cities not only in the
Karabakh region but also in the republic.
After occupying Agdam on July 23, 1993, Armenians looted,
destroyed, and burned residential houses, public buildings,
schools, cultural centers, kindergartens, hospitals, and industrial
enterprises in the city.
Cemeteries and historical and cultural monuments were also
subjected to Armenian vandalism.
The delegation that got acquainted with Armenian vandalism in
Aghdam and left for Fuzuli.
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