Welcome to Shushi
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. The city suffered badly during the war and much of its population left, but recovery has been under way for some time now. There are some excellent B&Bs in town, so if you want to experience village life in Karabakh consider spending a couple of nights up here, as it makes a good base for exploring the rest of the region.