Where there is culture, there is love. We can probably speak a lot on this amazing subject of culture from ancient times till nowadays, but the main information you need before visiting us is presented. What is cool, there is a place left for your own discoveries and preferences.
You will be gazed at the amount of architecture existing here; thousands of ancient architectural monuments (the age of many of which more than 11-12 centuries, and some of them thousands of years), including pearls of medieval architecture - Gandzasar, Dadivank, Amaras Gtchavank with their beautiful and unique stone carvings, call to adore the genius art of architectural solutions of the ancient masters. The whole country with its history, literature, archaeological sites, places of military glory, and modern regions will leave a life-changing impact on you.
So what does Artsakh consist of? It is the north-eastern province of Armenia. The distribution of common economic activity, similar customs and beliefs, mentality, cultural, economic and linguistic community are similar in other regions of Armenia. Numerous archaeological data relating to the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages show that the culture of Artsakh is in fact one of the branches of the Armenian culture and has many similarities with other Armenian monuments of the same period. The ancestors of the current Artsakh Armenians, despite of the constant wars, left surprisingly rich cultural heritage.
More than six thousand historical and architectural monuments has survived - castles, monasteries, churches and temples, bridges, palace buildings, a lot of Khachkars (gravestones and monuments, which are based on the Christian cross, created in the tradition of the Armenian religious art, the carving is not repeated on any of khachkar), more than a thousand inscriptions on the walls and gravestones in the ancient Armenian (Grabar).
Artsakh is one of the centers of urban development not only in the Caucasus but also beyond. During the XIX century, the Caucasus city of Shoushi, the former capital of Artsakh, played a significant role. It became one of the centers of cultural and educational life. When traveling to Artsakh, you should definitely include Shoushi in your travel route. Our land is small in territory but the history and heritage of thousands of years formed architecture with its artistic and historical value. More than six thousand of Armenian cultural monuments await you in picturesque Artsakh.
Another cultural characteristic that will set any country apart is the music - folk music. They are prominent for the majority, because they represent, integrate and unite not only local community but also people all over the world. Music has the power of healing and bringing people together, also transforming from one period to another.
Artsakh songs are so influential; they help people in difficult times, everyday life, encouraging during the holidays and tie with common feelings. When getting acquainted with the musical culture of the region, tourists will be surprised by its richness and diversity. "Nakhshun Baji", "14", "Derunts Dzor", "Tmblachi Khacheh", "Horovel" - these songs are sung from generation to generation and transmit the uniqueness of the Artsakh people. Originality is reflected by the special sounds of Armenian musical instruments, which have been preserved from ancient times - zurna, kemancha, tar, duduk.