Places in Nagorno-Karabakh
Stepanakert, Karabakh’s rather inadvertant capital, is a bustling and prosperous place spread out along a steep hillside over the distant Karkar River. Despite a recent construction boom, there's still plenty of the town's Soviet heritage visible, as well as many rambling, typically Caucasian family homes.
Shushi (Şuşa to Azeris) stands on a plateau 9km from Stepanakert, with high walls and views over a wide swath of central Karabakh. The city was once a centre of Armenian and Azeri art and culture, and during the 19th century it was one of the largest towns in the South Caucasus with a multicultural population and a reputation for tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
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