Republic of Nagorno Karabakh

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.
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Shahbulag Castle in Nagorno Karabakh was built by a Persian khan in 1752. It's also called Tigranakert Castle in honor of 1st century BC Armenian rulerTigranes the Great.

Shahbulag Castle in Nagorno Karabakh was built by a Persian khan in It's also called Tigranakert Castle in honor of century BC Armenian rulerTigranes the Great.

Walls dating from the 18th century defended the hilltop city of Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, against attack from the north.

Walls dating from the century defended the hilltop city of Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, against attack from the north.

The Saatli Mosque (1883) on the main square in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, has been restored but is currently empty. Much of the city remains in ruins from the 1992 battle in which the Azerbaijan Army was defeated.

The Saatli Mosque on the main square in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, has been restored but is currently empty. Much of the city remains in ruins from the 1992 battle in which the Azerbaijan Army was defeated.

David Stanley with a highly decorated defender of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

David Stanley with a highly decorated defender of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

Dadivank Monastery (1214) is the largest monastic complex in the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh. It was founded by St Dadi, a disciple of St Thaddeus who spread Christianity through eastern Armenia in the 1st century AD.

Dadivank Monastery (1214) is the largest monastic complex in the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh. It was founded by St Dadi, a disciple of St Thaddeus who spread Christianity through eastern Armenia in the 1st century AD.

This massive sculpture of a lion emerging from the hillside is next to the Hotel Tsovin Kar near Vank, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

This massive sculpture of a lion emerging from the hillside is next to the Hotel Tsovin Kar near Vank, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

Popular belief holds that the head of John the Baptist is buried below the altar of 13th century Gandzasar Monastery near Vank, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

Popular belief holds that the head of John the Baptist is buried below the altar of 13th century Gandzasar Monastery near Vank, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

Tigranakert in present Nagorno Karabakh was established by the ancient Armenian ruler Tigranes the Great in the 1st century BC. In 2006 an archaeological site was discovered next to Shahbulag Castle.

Tigranakert in present Nagorno Karabakh was established by the ancient Armenian ruler Tigranes the Great in the 1st century BC. In 2006 an archaeological site was discovered next to Shahbulag Castle.

The 18th century Mayraberd Fortress at Askeran, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, was built by a Persian khan to control the road from from the eastern lowlands to Shushi.

The 18th century Mayraberd Fortress at Askeran, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, was built by a Persian khan to control the road from from the eastern lowlands to Shushi.

The 2,000-year-old platanus or plane tree of Skhtorashen, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, is reputed to be the oldest tree in the former USSR.

The 2,000-year-old platanus or plane tree of Skhtorashen, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, is reputed to be the oldest tree in the former USSR.

Shahbulag Castle at Tigranakert, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, is named for the nearby Royal Springs (Shahbulag means "Shah's spring").

Shahbulag Castle at Tigranakert, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, is named for the nearby Royal Springs (Shahbulag means "Shah's spring").

This T-72 tank used in the capture of Shushi by Armenian forces on May 8, 1992, overlooks the main highway from Stepanakert, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

This T-72 tank used in the capture of Shushi by Armenian forces on May 8, 1992, overlooks the main highway from Stepanakert, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

The Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque (1883) in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, was used as a history museum during Soviet times. Today it awaits renovations and repurposing.

The Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque (1883) in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, was used as a history museum during Soviet times. Today it awaits renovations and repurposing.

The Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque (1883) in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, is also known as the Verkhiya Mosque. The entire Muslim population of Shushi fled in 1992.

The Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque (1883) in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, is also known as the Verkhiya Mosque. The entire Muslim population of Shushi fled in 1992.

The State Museum of Visual Arts in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, displays paintings and hosts cultural events. A scupture garden is behind the museum.

The State Museum of Visual Arts in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, displays paintings and hosts cultural events. A scupture garden is behind the museum.

The 9-story Avan Shushi Plaza Hotel facing the central park in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, dates from Soviet times. In 2011 it reopened after renovations.

The 9-story Avan Shushi Plaza Hotel facing the central park in Shushi, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, dates from Soviet times. In 2011 it reopened after renovations.

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