Nagorno Kharabakh (Artsakh)

The predominantly Armenian-populated Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh has a population of 138,000. It is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus, lying between Lower Karabakh and Zangezur. 
Stepanakert is the capital city of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and the largest city with population of over 54,000 people, mainly ethnic Armenians.  
If you decided to visit Armenia you should take the opportunity to get familiarized with this magic land. Every single kilometer has been protected and fought for with love and courage. Nagorno-Karabakh established its independence in 1994 and currently is an attractive place for tourists. Visitors cannot stand the attraction to take a picture with its famous monument.
“We are Our Mountains” is a large monument north of Stepanakert. Sargis Baghdasaryan was the creator of the sculpture and currently this monument is widely regarded as the symbol of the Armenian Heritage of Nagorno-Kharabagh. The monument is made of volcanic tufa and is also known as “Tatik-Papik” or “Grandma and Grandpa.” Artsakh has some breathtaking historical monuments and churches that are worth admiring. Being Christian nation best architectures put their talent to create religious masterpieces of all times.
Ghazanchetsots Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of Christ the Holy Savior. As an Armenian Church it is located in Shushi, Artsakh and was built in the 19th century. The architecture Simon Ter-Hakobyan resembled Etchmiadzin Cathedral. The bell tower in front of the Cathedral was constructed in 1858 with accompanied angels blowing trumpets, however they were destroyed during Nagorno-Karabakh War in the late 1980s.
Gandzasar Monastery, a 10th to 13th century Armenian monastery situated in Mardakert district of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh has been in danger throughout all the period of war. The rocket hit the monastery once and passed through it but failed to destroy it. Thanks to the strong walls of the monastery and to thousands of pray, the fire was deafened. The whole is still visible and it usually brings visitors to tears whenever they visit Gandzasar Monastery.
Gandzasar – “the treasure mountain” is the seat of Archbishop of Artsakh appointed by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenian Apostolic Church.
Artsakh is full of breathtaking sights and numerous traditions; those traditions are clearly reflected in its cuisine. Zhingalov Hats is a very common herb flatbread from Artsakh. Locals make it with variety of special fresh herbs (supposedly 7) collected from mountains in Artsakh.
Tutti Oghi (mulberry vodka) is the most popular alcohol drink you will find in Arsakh. The region is rich with mulberry trees and locals make alcohol out of it that might reach up to 80%.