Karimov Appropriates Dadivank Monastery as "Albanian"

Writing on Twitter, First Deputy Minister of Culture Aran Karimov tweeted that Dadivank, an Armenian monastery dating to the 9th-13th century was “one of the best testimonies of ancient Caucasian Albanian civilization,” despite the many Armenian inscriptions that adorn its walls.


This is false. Dadivank was not a site of Caucasian Albania. It is in the wrong place and wrong time. The site is well-documented as an Armenian monastic complex. The scholarship on the site is extensive and clear. Restoration of the site has been underway since 2017 in collaboration with an Italian team of heritage preservation specialists.

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