By Rashid Shirinov
Ruined historic monuments, mosques, cemeteries, cities and villages – all are traces of the Armenian vandalism that can be seen in every corner of the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
Shusha, Agdam, Fizuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan and Gubadli cities were completely ruined and plundered by the Armed Forces of Armenia. Today’s views of Agdam and Shusha cities resemble the ghost cities, while before the occupation there existed over thousand Azerbaijani residential settlements, hundreds of historical and architectural monuments, caravanserais, mansions, mosques, mausoleums, cemeteries, sepulchres, tombstones, etc.
The photos provided by Azertac clearly reflect the atrocities committed by Armenians in the occupied Azerbaijani lands. These photos were taken in various occupied territories of Azerbaijan – Nagorno-Karabakh, Karki village in Sadarak region, Mammadbayli village in Zangilan region, Lachin and Kalbajar regions, Khalafi and Gumlag villages in Jabrail region, and other places.
The photos display the state of the Shusha fortress, Susha mosque, famous Govhar Aga mosque, Azerbaijani cemeteries, including the Aghdada cemetery near Yerevan, as well as previous and current view of the Tea House and the Stone Monument in Aghdam.
All these demonstrate the barbaric essence of Armenians who pretend to be an oppressed nation. Armenian invaders continue destroying these and many other monuments regarded as the tangible cultural heritage of the occupied Azerbaijani territories. They are the heritage of not only Azerbaijani nation but also of all mankind.
Another evidence of the Armenian crimes against the Azerbaijani culture is the export to Armenia of Azerbaijani historical items and illegal archaeological excavations that erase the traces of true history.
Overall, since the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and occupation of Azerbaijani territories, Armenian aggressors destroyed 1,200 historical and architectural monuments, looted 27 museums, over 100,000 items were exported to Armenia. In addition, the Armenian occupiers destroyed 152 religious monuments and 62 mosques, 4.6 million books in 927 libraries, including the Holy Quran and rare Islamic manuscripts.