This site reflects the situation as of August, 2023, when launched. 

                                 After a nine-month comprehensive blockade of Artsakh and an incessant campaign of intimidation by Azerbaijan, on September 19, 2023 Azerbaijan’s armed forces launched an assault on Artsakh from all sides and employed the entire military arsenal at their disposal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Exhausted from a long siege and deprived of any external assistance, Artsakh fell.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Over a hundred thousand-strong ethnic Armenian population, still inhabiting on their ancestral lands after around fifty thousand had left earlier as a consequence of a bloody war in 2020, had to flee in a few days. They left behind their homes and offices, government and commercial buildings, graveyards, places of worship, monuments and all belongings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Since the beginning of October 2023, for the first time in millennia-old history, no Armenians live in the Armenian land of Artsakh.

This website aims at giving the reader and browser a comprehensive idea about the country, showing true Artsakh*, as it has been throughout centuries and is today. It would have been too ambitious an aim to cover all aspects of life in Artsakh thoroughly but the site does aim at making the palette as wide as possible, by trying to introduce the reader and browser to both Artsakh's magnificent landscape and man-made marvels. It attempts to create a perception of the country: where its people, dignified and hard-working, creative, kind and hospitable, straight speaking and straight acting, live and how. It even cautiously offers an outline of the country’s history: a little of the earlier times, a little more detail about the recent turbulent years. Unfortunately, wars make a sizable part of it, and Artsakh’s independence and peaceful way of life has been challenged many times, with painful losses recently. 

Artsakh is amazingly rich in monuments: even in 1813 there were 1311 monasteries and churches on the territory which is today covered by the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. A big part of those have been ruined or have disappeared altogether, however it would be impossible to cover even the remaining ones in one site, book or film. 

The long history of wars, invasions and occupations has resulted in a multitude of fortresses and fortified dwellings. Kings, princes and meliks have built numerous palaces and manors and the country also boasts many elegant medieval bridges. A land where Christianity came as early as the first century and was adopted as the official religion, as in other parts of Armenia, in the early fourth century, Artsakh boasts some of the most beautiful monasteries and churches of Armenia with many striking features of Armenian medieval architecture. Even though many nations can proudly display monuments of architecture of universal value and importance, there is hardly another place that has such a large concentration of monuments, so many monasteries, churches, fortresses, medieval bridges, manors, khachkars (cross-stones) on such a small territory. 

Hardly any photograph can do justice to the breathtaking beauty of the land. Called mountainous for a reason, Artsakh is a place to see: forest-covered mountains and high majestic hills always sporting a snow cap, green valleys, rivers and rapids running down the mountains and awesome gorges, rich fauna and flora, man-made places of worship in places that not only look, but are also inaccessible.

This website offers simply a glimpse of the richness of Artsakh, a land that is thoroughly Armenian historically, culturally and in other senses. However, only a portion of that richness could be covered. Unfortunately, many of the monuments are in ruins and many are under occupation. Yet they are still impressive and do tell a story. A summary history is offered for those who are interested to look a little further and understand a little more. References and notes have been avoided to ease reading but can be provided if requested. Wherever other peoples’ adapted texts, photos or maps are used, they have been used with their approval and are acknowledged with gratitude. In any case, the narration does not intend to give all the details of the millennia-old history of the land and concentrates more on later periods, when Artsakh/Karabakh had to fight another independence war and win it, then had to fight more and suffer losses. The site also describes the structure and symbols of Artsakh's statehood, achieved through endless struggle and sacrifice.

The Azeri aggression and invasion of Artsakh in 2020, incontrovertibly backed by Turkey and jihadist mercenaries supported by it resulted, apart from numerous casualties, destruction, violations of human rights and international law, in occupation of large parts of Artsakh. That means that thousands were killed or maimed and tens of thousands became refugees, while the remaining suffer from the consequences of a long-lasting illegal post-war blockade. That means that the fate of thousands of heritage sites, monuments and buildings of cultural significance is, at best, uncertain. Sadly, some of the museums and monuments are already reportedly destroyed, distorted or desecrated, as it could have been expected. This sites mentions these atrocities and the status of the monuments wherever such information is available.  

* For explanation of other names of the land, see the History section.