Friday, June 17, 2016

Into Nagoro-Karabakh

Today we drove from Goris in Armenia to Stepanakert, the capital of Nagoro-Karabakh. (N-K, which means Black Mountain Garden, is also called Artsakh by those who believe it is really part of Armenia.) It started out rainy, and was overcast most of the day, but there were many vivid scenes nonetheless.

Beautiful roses near our hotel in Goris

Khndzoresk, an ancient cave village near Goris. People hid in the caves during the war.

Another sheep drive on the main highway

Armenian (left) and Nagorno-Karabakh (right) flags at the border crossing

Poppies along the roadside as we drove into N-K

Church in Shushi, a town in N-K that was mostly destroyed during the 1990's war with Azerbaijian

Windows in an underground room with wonderful resonant acoustics in the church

Exterior of a mosque in Shushi, built in 1883 and now a museum

Interior of the mosque

The Grandparents (officially "We Are Our Mountains"), a huge monument in Stepanakert

One of a number of similar statues along the Lovers' Lane stairway in a Stepanakert park

Fountain, with the larger hand holding a wedding ring, at the base of Lovers' Lane

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