37 monuments in 30 days, and what I learned along the way.
Wednesday 30 May 2018
There is a ghost town in the no-man’s land between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Its name is Agdam, and it was a town of some 24,000 inhabitants up until 1993 – when Armenian forces expelled the largely Azeri population, destroying homes so that they could never return.
The town is located in Nagorno-Karabakh: the breakaway republic formed when ethnic Armenians in Azerbaijan, after the fall of the USSR, refused to be absorbed under the Azeri government and so instead made a bid for independence. Armenia backed that bid, of course, and it led to the Karabakh War. The war remains unresolved now. An uneasy ceasefire rests over this land, with the latest outbreak of violence, in 2016, taking 350 lives.
I have now posted a full write-up about my trip to Nagorno-Karabakh, including the ghost town of Agdam. You can read that story here… or scroll down to see my full gallery of photos from Agdam, many of which didn’t make it into that post.
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