Ghazanchetsots

Church of the Holy Saviour (Ghazanchetsots) is the most beautiful architectural building of Shoushi. Cathedral is built of white limestone in 1888 in the town square. It is one of the most favourite places of worship in Artsakh.

Built between 1868 and 1887, the cathedral was consecrated in 1888. It was damaged during the March 1920 massacre of Armenians of the city by Azerbaijanis and experienced a decades-long decline, well into the Soviet period. During the Nagorno-Karabakh War Azerbaijan used the cathedral as an armory to store hundreds of missiles. Subsequently, during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, It was damaged by Azerbaijani shelling, on 8 October 2020. On 14 November, it was vandalised by Azerbaijani vandals.

The cathedral was extensively restored in the aftermath of the War and reconsecrated in 1998. A landmark of Shusha and Karabakh and a listed cultural and historical monument of the unrecognised Artsakh Republic, it has become an icon for the Karabakh Armenian cause. Standing 35 metres (115 ft) high, Ghazanchetsots is one of the largest Armenian churches in the world.

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