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CULTURAL DESTRUCTION, CULTURAL MEMORY: The Heritage of the Khachkars of Jugha (Old Julfa)

CULTURAL DESTRUCTION, CULTURAL MEMORY: The Heritage of the Khachkars of Jugha (Old Julfa)

The erasure of Armenian cultural history in Nakhichevan is one of the most underreported acts of cultural destruction in the 21st century. The year 2020 marks the 15-year commemoration of the final phase of this systematic destruction, when in 2005, the Azerbaijani army destroyed with sledgehammers thousands of remaining khachkars in Jugha (Old Julfa) in Nakhichevan, effectively eliminating the last remains of Armenian cultural presence in the region. UNESCO had designated these monuments as Cultural Identity but took no action to protect them.

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