Terter Region


The aggression committed by the Armenian Armed Forces against the populated areas of Terter region situated in close vicinity of the territory of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region inflicted a considerable damage to Terter region.
By the resolution of Milli Majlis (National Assembly) of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated October 13, 1992, the Aghdere region was abolished, and Aghdere settlement and 28 villages were included in the administrative division of Terter region. At present, the city of Aghdere transferred from the former Aghdere region to Terter region, and 13 villages are under the Armenian occupation.
On the whole, the military aggression of Armenia caused damages on 20 social and technical infrastructures of Terter region. 6 healthcare centres, 7 kindergartens and 7 schools were badly damaged. Armenian vandals carried out destruction of 15 historic - cultural monuments in Terter region.


Sarsang Water Reservoir


Sarsang water reservoir was built on Terter river in the former Aghdere region in 1976. The volume of reservoir is 560 million cubic meters. By volume it is the fourth largest water reservoir of Azerbaijan after Mingachevir, Shamkir water reservoirs and Araz water body. Sarsang Water Reservoir provided 100 thousand hectare sown area of Terter, Aghdam, Barda, Goranboy, Yevlakh and Aghjabadi regions with irrigation water before the occupation of the territories. Sarsang is located approximately 700 meters above sea level and is the highest water reservoir of Azerbaijan. The height of the reservoir’s dam is 125 meters. Sarsang water reservoir is a very important land reclamation system with the highest technical specifications. In the past the Azerbaijani specialists conducted preventive maintenance works regarding the safety of the dam. But after the occupation in 1993, the water reservoir remained neglected in terms of maintenance and security. Armenian side does not take any measures related to dam embankment. 40 years passed since the water reservoir was built and over the past 20 years natural corrosion continues to be uncontrolled and becomes anthropogenic source of danger. On the other hand, the Armenian side uses only 10-15 percent of the annual rate of reservoir water for irrigation and the surrounding sown areas are impoverished by drought. And 85-90 percent of the annual water consumption of reservoir is deliberately used during the winter months, which leads to another environmental stress, causing floods and inundations. Any natural catastrophe, an earthquake can cause the collapse of the dam, humanitarian and ecological disaster in the region. In this respect, nearly 400 people living below the water reservoir are under constant threat.


St. Yelisey Temple Complex


St. Yelisey temple complex is located in the north-east of the Maghavuz (Madagiz) village of Terter region, at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level. According to legend, the temple was built in the fifth century, in honour of Yelisey, the first preacher of Christianity in Albania.
The complex is surrounded by fortress walls on all sides. The western gate of the fortress guarantees the defence of the complex. There are 18 various buildings inside the fortress: main temple, chapels, a two-storeyed residential house, service buildings and stables.
The main temple consists of two rooms. The first room is square-shaped, and divided into three naves by means of two columns and two half columns. The central nave is much higher than the other ones. The naves are covered by the cylindrical vaults. The second part of the main temple is a rectangular pray hall.
The facades of the temple are covered with the well hewn stone. The second building of the temple is a relatively small church located on the right side of the temple.
There are six chapels on the right and left sides of the main temple.
A single-span bridge built over the river 1 km away from the fortress was the basic linkage with the fortress. St. Yelisey temple complex dates back to the 14th century.
At the present time St. Yelisey temple complex is on the occupied territory of Terter region.


Urek Temple


Urek temple is one of the immovable historical and cultural monuments of national importance located in the Terter region. The temple is an Albanian monument erected in the 12th century. At the present time the Urek temple is on the occupied territory of Terter region.


Immovable historical and cultural monuments of state importance

ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS

Name of the monument

Construction date

Location

“Urek" temple

XII c.

Talish village

Castle

XIII-XIV cc.

Talish village

St. Yelisey temple complex

XIV cc.

Near Madagiz village

Bridge

XII-XIII cc.

Madagiz village

Uchkilse cloister

 

Tonashen village

Castle

XII-XIII cc.

Chilaburt village

Ruins of castle

XII-XIII cc.

Chardagly village

Malik Hatam castle

XVIII c.

Kichik Garabay village

Albanian temple

Middle Ages

Gasapet village

Castle

Middle Ages

Umudlu village

Ancient residential area

 

Umudlu village

Bath-house

 

Umudlu village

Bath-house

 

Umudlu village


ARCHAEOLOGICAL MONUMENTS

Name of the monument

Construction date

Location

Cemetery

Middle Ages

Gasapet village

Residential area

Middle Ages

Chardagly village