Gubadly Region


The region of Gubadly is the administrative region of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It is located in the south-western part of the Minor Caucasus. In the west, it neighbors with the Republic of Armenia. Its area is 800 km2; the population is 36,700 (01.01.2011). The central town is the city of Gubadly. The region has been under the Armenian occupation since August 31, 1993.
The region covers the following districts and villages: city of Gubadly and villages of Aliguluushaghy; Mahmudlu; Saryyatag; Khanlyg; Gayaly; Lepeheyranly; Abdalanly; Dondarly; Dileli Muskanly; Saray; Mirler; Demirchiler; Poladly; Ferjan; Goyyal; Hertis; Zor; Ashaghy Khojamusakhly; Mehrili; Hal; Gazyan; Memer; Mollaly; Ballygaya; Jereli; Boyunegher; Saldash; Garalar; Kavdadyg; Huseynushaghy; Ulashly; Altynja; Abilja; Tatar; Garagoyunlu; Ghiyasly; Zilanly; Kurd Mahryzly; Seleli; Mahryzly; Alagurshagly; Muganly; Hamzali; Chaytumas; Efendiler; Yusifbayli; Khojahan; Tinli; Ghilijan; Yukhary Mollu; Ashaghy Mollu, Mollaburhan; Khochik; Mardanly; Balasoltanly; Padar; Garamanly; Garachally; Garagach; Garakishiler; Basharat; Milanly; Hat; Deshdahat; Armudlu; Chardagly; Tarovlu; Khalach; Ayin; Goyerchik; Bakhtiyarly; Goyar Abbas; Chylfyr; Seytas; Novlu; Gurchulu; Dovudlu; Ghedirli; Mazra; Eyvazly; Teymur Muskanly; Balahasanli; Khydyrly; Ashaghy Jibikli; Yukhary Jibikli; Kheliloba; Muradkhanly; Hekeri; Ishygly; Khendek; Malikahmadli and Gundanly.
Prior to the occupation, 62 secondary schools, the library, the club, 4 hospitals and others were at the service of local population. The region also had such architectural monuments as the Prayer Cave (IV century), fortresses (V century), the turbehs (XIV - XVII centuries), the mosque (XIX century), the bridge (1867) and others.


Haji Badal Bridge


The bridge was built on Agha River by the resident of Damirchilar village - a person having an innate talent Haji Badal. Special ornamental stone, lime and egg yolks were used in construction of the bridge. The bridge linked 15 villages to the region center.
The bridge is an interesting piece of architecture. The vaulted bridge has no piers in the central part. The purpose of such a construction was to facilitate the unobstructed water flow of the overflowing mountain river.
This historical monument remained as it was until the occupation of Gubadly region.


History and Ethnography Museum of Gubadly Region


History and Ethnography Museum of Gubadly region was opened on May 6, 1980. Until 1993, the museum contained over 5000 exhibits. The museum pieces included ancient swords, daggers, copper utensils, pottery dishes, rare specimens of nature, fauna and flora, also the items belonging to the participants of the Great Patriotic War. There was also a separate corner for outstanding writers, scientists, culture and art figures in the museum. Their works, personal belongings were exhibited in that corner. Personal items that belonged to the folk heroes Gachaq Nabi and Hajar, also the paintings depicting their heroic exploits were also kept in the museum.
In 1993 the Gubadly region was occupied by the Armenian Armed Forces. All the museum pieces remained in the invaded territory.


Lalazar Bridge


The bridge is located in Aliguluushaghi village of Gubadly region. The amazing masterpiece of architecture - Lalazar Bridge was built in 1867. The lower part of the bridge is oval, the upper part is plain. Both piers of Lalazar Bridge stick to the high rocks. Some researchers suggest that the bridge was built in the 18th century. The bridge of 2.8 meters in width and 5 meters in length is located 4.5 meters high above the water surface.


Mosque in Mamar Village


The mosque was built in the 18th century in Mamar village of Gubadly Region. It was used as a warehouse building during the reign of the Soviet Power. After the restoring of independence that mosque was reconstructed and regained its original function. The mosque was destroyed after the occupation of the Gubadly Region by the Armenian Armed Forces.


Tombs in Damirchilar Village


There are two tower-shaped tombs in the territory of Damirchilar village of Gubadly region. One of them is located on the right bank of the mountain river Aghachay. The shape of the tomb is octagonal (one side is 1.9m). Inside of the tomb there is a small sanctuary niche built in the wall opposite the door. The interior walls were faced with good-hewn stone plates. The inner height of the tomb is 4.5 m.
All exterior sides of the tomb were built in the shape of shouldered shallow arches typical for Arazboyu tombs of the Elkhanids’ period. Small windows were set in the middle of the eastern and western niches.
The door is at a height of 1.2 m above ground level. Being 5m high, the prismatic drum of the tomb was covered with an octahedral pyramidal dome. The space between that dome and the inner spherical dome was filled with big empty pitchers.
The second tomb is located near the right-bank slope of the river Aghachay, between Damirchilar and Dondarli villages. Due to its advantageous position, the tomb is well seen even from a remote distance. It has an octagonal shape as well (one side is 2.03 m on the outside and 1.40 m on the inside). By building material, construction engineering and architectural decision, this monument is identical to the first tomb. Except that dimensions of the first tomb are a little bigger (the inner size of the upper camera is 6.2 m, the height of the body is 6.90 m) and the shape of shouldered shallow niches in the inner walls is different from that of the first tomb. Both of these tombs are considered to be the monuments dated back to the 13th-14th centuries.
At present there is no any information about those shrines currently remaining under occupation.


Immovable historical and cultural monuments of state importance

ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS

Name of the monument

Construction date

Location

Goy fortress

V c.

Aliguluushaghi village

Lalazar bridge

1867

Aliguluushaghi village

Mausoleum

XVII c.

Gurjulu village

Mausoleum No. 1

XIV c.

Damirchilar village

Mausoleum No. 2

XIV c.

Damirchilar village


Immovable historical and cultural monuments of local importance

ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS

Name of the monument

Construction date

Location

Spring

XIX c.

Aliguluushagi village

Spring

 

Aliguluushagi village

“Galali" fortress

 

Aliguluushagi village

“Galali” fortress
(with underground transition)

V c.

Muradkhanli village

Shirin spring

 

Mamar village

Spring

XIX c.

Damirchilar village

Madat spring

XIX c.

Mahmudlu village

Mosque

XIX c.

Damirchilar village

Mosque

XIX c.

Dondarli village

Hajibadal bridge

 

Dondarli village

Mausoleum of Javanshir

XIV c.

Yazi plain

“Galajid” fortress

 

Khojamusakhli village

Mausoleum

XVIII c.

Khojamusakhli village

Mosque

XVIII c.

Yusifbayli village

Mausoleum

XVIII c.

Boyunagar village

Mosque

XVIII c.

Mollali village

Mosque

XVIII c.

Mirlar village

Mosque

XVIII c.

Mamar village

Ruins of the mosque

XV-XVI cc.

Khalaj village

Temple

 

Mazra village

Mosque

XIX c.

Mahrizli village

Bridge

XIX c.

Mahmudlu village


SAMPLES OF DECORATIVE-APPLIED ARTS (monuments of people art of stone-monuments)

Name of the monument

Construction date

Location

Figure of stone sheep

XV c.

Mahmudlu village

Stone chest

IX-X cc.

Mamar village