Nagorno-Karabakh, an Endangered Armenian Heritage

From December 14 to January 15, at the Place de la Bastille, the Mairie de Paris and L’Œuvre d’Orient present an original exhibition, right at the heart of current events.

Against a stunning mountain backdrop, over 1,000 buildings, churches, convents, and khatchkars illustrate the endangered cultural heritage of the Armenian people over almost 2,000 years.

You can join for a guided tour (approx. 20 mins) on either Wednesday, January 3, or Wednesday, January 10, from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Nagorno-Karabakh, or Artsakh in Armenian, is historically a region of Greater Armenia, the first Christian kingdom. Its heritage, a priceless testimony to Armenia’s brilliant civilization, has been greatly threatened since the invasion of Azerbaijan and the flight of the region’s 120,000 inhabitants to Armenia. For the first time in 3,000 years, Nagorno-Karabakh no longer has an Armenian presence. During the 44-day war in 2020, the cathedral in Shushi, the historic capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, was bombed by Azerbaijani troops. Through this exhibition, L’Œuvre d’Orient aims to raise awareness of the Armenian heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh and pay tribute to Artsakh and its people, a living presence in exile today.


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