New Developments at the Davit Gareji Monastery Complex

The Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, together with the regional administration of the Agstafa province, organized a tour within the context of the ‘Days of European Heritage’ (EHD) to the Georgian monastery complex of Davit Gareji (the 'Keshikchidag State Cultural Reserve' for Azerbaijan).

The director of the reserve, Musa Mirzaliev, informed the visitors about the natural and manmade caves crafted by their ancestors in the early medieval period. The march also took participants to visit two Albanian temples located at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from one another. According to Mirzaliev, the Caucasian Albanians constructed the temples from indigenous stones. Besides the representative, Deputy of the Executive Office of the Agstafa region, Lala Eyyubova, also told the participants that the reserve is associated with the ancient history of the Azerbaijani people.

The tour took place in the Azerbaijani language. Infoteka24 emphasized the close ties the First Lady of Azerbaijan has with UNESCO and, according to the Russian news source, the Georgian historical monastery complex of David Gareji may someday be acknowledged as the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan has ordered a new Keshikchi Gala border station on the national border with Georgia in the Agstafa region, covering the complex of Keshikchidag caves, as well as the Georgian David Gareji monastery complex, Interfax-Azerbaijan reports.

The opening ceremony of the outpost was attended by Colonel-General Elchin Guliyev and the head of the Administration of the Agstafa region. During the speech, Guliyev noted the effective realization of the approach for safeguarding the state-border. “The Azerbaijan-Georgia state border is a border of a strategic partnership. Azerbaijani border guards carry out mutually beneficial high-level cooperation with their Georgian counterparts,” Guliyev remarked.

The outpost is equipped with all essential apparatus and meets modern requirements. It is located at the cultural reserve of ‘Keshikchidag’ and covers a large geographical area, including the state border with Georgia.

By Beka Alexishvili

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07 October 2019 12:18