|NOVEMBER 2002. THE ARMENIAN CEMETERY OF JUGHA HAS BEEN DESTROYED.|
|IMAGES FROM THE JUGHA CEMETERY
LOSS OF JUGHA CEMETERY
The Armenian cemetery of Jugha (6th-17th centuries), situated in Nakhichevan Province, which was annexed to Azerbaijan by the Russo-Turkish treaty of 16 March 1921, has been defiled and destroyed for decades.
In November 2002, the famous necropolis of Hin (Old) Jugha with about 3,000 khachkars and a few thousand tombstones was completely reduced to ruins.
On November 25 of the same year, Mr. G. Gevonian, the founder of Land and Culture Organization, took photographs of the annihilated cemetery from the Iranian bank of the Araks.
The mass destruction of the khachkars of Jugha Cemetery began in 1998, but it was temporarily stopped thanks to the storm of protest Research on Armenian Architecture (RAA) and Land and Culture Organizations addressed to UNESCO.
Presumably, hundreds of Armenian monuments in the territory of Nakhichevan have shared the fate of the aforementioned cemetery, but they cannot be seen from the opposite side of the border and, naturally, there is no information regarding them.
The cemetery of Jugha, that is of exceptional historic and aesthetic value, occupies a unique place among Armenian cultural monuments and in the treasury of world civilization.
National Council of Nakhichevan Armenians
Land and Culture Organization
Armenian National Committee of ICOMOS
Union of Architects, RA
Monuments Preservation Department, RA
Research on Armenian Architecture (RAA) NGO