Southern Karabakh attractions

Museum in Stepanakert

Museum of Fallen Soldiers

This extremely disturbing and sad museum honours those who died in battle during the 1990–94 war with Azerbaijan. The walls are lined with thousands of photographs of soldiers killed in action and there are displays…
Museum in Shushi

Shushi History Museum

Housed in an impressive old stone mansion, Shushi's Museum holds an excellent collection of local artefacts. English-language descriptions of the exhibits help to make sense of it all, but to get a better understand…
Museum in Stepanakert

Artsakh State Museum

This rather dry museum nevertheless contains many interesting local artifacts, most of which can be better understood by taking a free English-language tour. Downstairs there's lots of taxidermy, archeological finds…
Church in Shushi

Ghazanchetsots Cathedral

The restored Ghazanchetsots Cathedral is an impressive white structure originally built in 1868. It was closed by the Soviets in 1920 and used as a storage depot, and was where Azeri forces stored their Grad missile…
Fortress in Shushi

Shushi Fortress

Shushi's fortress was built in 1750 by Panah Khan. During the Karabakh War the Azeri army fired Grad missiles from here down onto Stepanakert and its surrounding villages. It was conquered by a stunning night assaul…
Monument in Stepanakert

Papik Tatik

On the outskirts of the town on the main road towards the north of the region is the primitivist statue of a bearded elder and a woman with a veil. It is named ‘We are our mountains’, their stony gaze embodying the …
Museum in Shushi

Carpet Museum

This new museum on the main road between the upper and lower town houses a wonderful collection of local carpets from the 17th to 20th centuries. Upstairs there's an art gallery.
Notable Building in Stepanakert

Presidential Building

This Soviet-era regional administration building has served as the offices of the President since Karabakh’s breakaway from Azerbaijan. It is not open to the public
Viewpoint in Shushi


This area of grazing land on the outskirts of Shushi overlooks the beautiful Hunot Gorge. Take a walk out here for some stunning views.
Cathedral in Stepanakert


Work began on the Our Lady of the Holy Hovhan Cathedral in 2006. On completion, the cathedral will be the largest in the country.