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Kurmuk temple. Fascinating journey through the centuries

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With its fascinating historical sites, Gakh region has much to offer visitors. The region is home to some of the most ancient monuments waiting to be explored.

Kurmuk temple in Gakh region was built on the ruins of an ancient Albanian temple (I-III centuries).

As a result of archaeological excavations in 2006, fragments of ancient buildings were found on the territory of the 19th century temple. Being an Albanian temple of the early Middle Ages, it was restored in various historical periods. It is also believed that there was a Moon Temple on the rocky hill near the Kurmuk Temple.

The Azerbaijani Culture Ministry has launched a new project aimed at promoting the country's Christian heritage.

The short video about Kurmuk temple has been released as part of the Culture Ministry's project aimed at promoting the country's Christian heritage.

Earlier, the Culture Ministry provided insight into Albanian Kish temple in Sheki's Kish village.

The current building of the temple of Saint Elisha was built in the 10-12th centuries. Some scholars suggest that the church in Kish stands on the same place where St. Elisha founded his own church. That is why the temple in Kish is often referred to as one of the oldest spiritual centers in the Caucasus since St. Elisha was the first patriarch of the Church of Caucasian Albania and an early Christian leader in the Caucasus.

Nowadays, the church is functioning as a museum that is open for all the curious tourists.

For centuries, representatives of all nations and religions have lived peacefully in Azerbaijan, a multicultural and multi-confessional country.

The assessment of the material and cultural heritage, the restoration, and the reconstruction of historical and religious monuments, including churches and synagogues, is an integral part of the policy pursued by the Azerbaijani state in this area.

In 2020, within the project of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Albanian Church of the Holy Virgin Mary in Gabala's Nij village was thoroughly restored. Moreover, the Azerbaijani state restored and handed over for free use of the Armenian Church in Baku.

With the support of the state, the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian in the Vatican were restored. In addition, the catacombs of Saint Marcellin and Pietro in Rome were restored within the "Bilateral agreement on the restoration of the Roman catacombs" signed between the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Holy See.

Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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Azerbaijan discloses main principles of vaccination against COVID-19

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The main principles of vaccination against COVID-19 have been announced in Azerbaijan, Teymur Musayev, head of the department of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Health said, Trend reports on Jan. 17.

“Among them are the principles of voluntariness, safety, transparency, phasing, justice, responsibility, cooperation,” head of the department added.

“At the initial stage, medical workers, people older 65, representatives of law enforcement agencies involved in anti-epidemic activity will be vaccinated,” Musayev said.

"Those who are at high risk from a medical point of view; people with chronic diseases of the respiratory system; those undergoing hemodialysis procedure; those having diabetes, obesity; people with at least one chronic disease aged 50 and older; people working in the education sector and social sphere; people permanently living in social institutions; employees having direct contact with the population working in ASAN and DOST service centers, the public transport sector, the banking sector, the telecommunications sector, as well as people working in high-risk conditions (ensuring national and regional security, etc.) will be also vaccinated," Musayev said.

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Turkic peoples to revive liberated Azerbaijani lands in spiritual and cultural field – TURKSOY Sec-Gen

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It is difficult to convey the feeling when one sees how the civilization, created by the Azerbaijani people over the centuries, died here as result of Armenian occupation, Secretary General of TURKSOY Dusen Kaseinov, who is in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam city as part of the delegation of TURKSOY and the Turkic Council, told Trend on Jan. 17.

“Passing by the fertile lands, I thought that just as after a drought these fertile lands await rain, so this land awaits its poems, its architectural structures that have been created here for centuries,” Kaseinov added. “Having united, we, all Turkic peoples, will give these lands a new life, we will revive these lands spiritually and culturally on an economic and financial basis. We must all do this together."

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Joint exercises of the Azerbaijani and Turkish armies to be held

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Servicemen of the Combined Arms Army will also take part in the Winter Exercises-2021 to be held in the Kars city of the fraternal Turkish Republic. The ceremony for departing the military personnel and military vehicle involved in the exercises to the place of the exercises was held, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend.

After the performance of the National Anthem, speaking at the departing ceremony, Major General Fazil Agalarov spoke about the developing Azerbaijani-Turkish military-technical cooperation, the importance of the joint military exercises held annually in Nakhchivan and Kars, the glorious victory of our Victorious Army in the Patriotic War and wished success to the units. who will take part in the Winter Exercises-2021.

After the speeches, the units involved in the exercises left the Nakhchivan city to move in the direction of the Sadarak border checkpoint. Our units crossed the Umid Bridge over the Araz River and continued to move towards the Kars city.

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