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The National History Museum highlights the rich culture and history of Shusha [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismayilova

With its centuries-old history, the city of Shusha has been crowned the cultural center of Azerbaijan.

Many prominent personalities, like Seyid Shushinski, Uzeyir Hajibayli, Rashid Behbudov, Niyazi, Fikrat Amirov, Natavan, Gasim Bay Zakir, Suleyman Sani Axundov were born in this emblematic place.

The National History Museum has shed light on the city’s rich culture and history through a “Homeland of Kharibulbul-Shusha” exhibition, reports Azernews, citing Trend Life.

Many public and cultural personalities, including a member of the deputy Sevil Mikayilova, the president of the National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), academician Isa Habibbayli, director of Azerbaijani National Art, honored artist Chingiz Farzaliyev, as well as representatives of the Culture Ministry, took part in the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

In her speech, the General Director of the National History Museum, Academician Naila Valikhanli, highlighted the victory in the 44-day patriotic war written in golden letters in the history of Azerbaijan.

She pointed out that the Azerbaijani army under the leadership of Supreme Commander-in-Chief Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has won a great historic victory and liberated Azerbaijani lands from Armenian occupation.

Naila Valikhanli also spoke about the exhibition, titled “First Snow of the Released Shusha”, which recently opened at the museum.

“The Motherland of Kharibulbul-Shusha” exhibition was organized within the framework of the Year of Shusha in Azerbaijan. A few days ago, the museum opened another exhibition entitled “First snow of the released Shusha”. The exhibit includes photos by museum employee Mirnaib Hasanoglu, who visited Shusha in December 2020,” Valikhanli said.

The photographer visited Shusha two years ago in winter with the support of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture. More than 50 photographs were taken by him after the city was liberated.

ANAS President Academician Isa Habibbayli noted that within the framework of the Year of Shusha declared by President Ilham Aliyev, scientific, educational and cultural institutions are organizing many events dedicated to the city.

He recalled that the cultural capital of Azerbaijan has also been declared the Turkish World Cultural Capital for 2023.

Isa Habibbayli also spoke of the major restoration and construction work carried out in Choucha since its release.

The President of ANAS informed those present of the conferences, book presentations and other events that will be organized by the Academy within the framework of the Year of Choucha.

Then the guests got acquainted with the exhibition. The curator of the project, head of the Scientific Exhibition and Organization of Exhibitions Department, Ph.D. in History Sabuhi Ahmadov spoke in detail about the exhibition.

“The exhibition is dedicated to the city of Shusha – the pearl of Karabakh. Through its exhibits, the National Museum of History sheds light on the history of the city from its founding to the present day. The exhibition is consists of two parts which include the photographic works of Mirnaib Hasanoglu and the museum exhibits related to the city of Shusha,” he added.

Next, Sabuhi Ahmadov presented the 19th century silver keys to Shusha Castle, coins of the Karabakh Khanate as well as gold, silver jewelry and exhibits reflecting commercial and craft life.

The exhibition also included personal items of Azerbaijani soldiers, who became martyrs and took part in the liberation of Shusha.

Historical exhibits have aroused great interest among museum visitors.

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