Aliyev Declares Armenian Inscriptions in the 17th c. Tsaghkavank Church Fake, Plans to "Restore"

On a March 15 visit to the village of Tsakurri/Khunerli, Aliyev wrongly declared the Armenian church of Tsaghkahvank "Caucasian Albanian", and described the Armenian inscriptions as later additions intended to "Armenify" the church. He indicated plans to one day "restore" the church, which portends the erasure of the Armenian inscriptions. The current church was built in 1682, but the presence of an inscribed khachkhar dated to 1198 gives reason to suppose that an earlier, 12th century church once stood there.


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