Stepanakert is a nice small city and the capital of unrecognized but de-facto independent republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Museum to the Memory of Perished Azatamartiks

Dedicated to those who died during Karabakh confict. Translating the word "azatamartik" from Armenian means "liberator". Worth noting that in most cities of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic downtown streets are called "azatamartikneri", i.e. street of Liberators. Museum exhibits maps, bullet punched documents, letters to relatives and friends, thousands of pictures of dead soldiers, weapons and uniforms used during the war.


It's a ruined Armenian city dating back to the Hellenistic period. It is one of the four former cities with the same name, named in honor of the Armenian king Tigranes the Great (95–55 B.C.). Town consisted of 3 parts: part with palaces was at the top, then - central quarter, and Acropolis - at the bottom, all together forming a little triangle.

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Park Hotel "Artsakh"

A newly renovated state of the art hotel in downtown, offers all the conveniences of an high-end hotel. Has a restaurant, lobby bar, summer café, souvenir shop, business centre, library and conference hall. Change point, ATM and international telephone line are also available.

Askeran Fortress

Fortress was built by Panahi Khan in XVIII century to guard the approaches to Shushi, it was fortified with double walls. At the moment its protective walls (2 m thick and 9 m height), entrance gate and tower are quite well preserved up to this day.

SEE   —  Askeran town

Stepanakert Shuka

Sample the many very strong vodkas (oghi) made from the local fruit. Mulberry vodka is the most famous, but apricot, pear, cornelian cherry and others are also delicious with a serious kick.

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Stepanakert Shuka (farmers market)

Great selection of fresh and preserved fruits and vegetables, plus other supplies. You can try fresh jingalov hats here - a dish with wild mountain herbs that Karabakh is famous for.

Art Gallery

It doesn't have a permanent exhibition as yet instead it holds occasional temporary events dedicated to various artists.

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Hotel "Armenia"

Offers international standards with 55 guest rooms. On-site restaurant, pool with sauna and conference hall.

Artsakh State Museum of Local History

Interesting small museum that covers history period from ancient times to the Karabakh war.

We Are Our Mountains Monument

This monument of an elderly Karabakh man and woman has become the symbol of Artsakh.

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Artsakh Alco

Shop with high quality local vodkas and drinks made from fruit. Nice packaging.

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Tashir Pizza

Western style place with pizza, salad and soup. Non-smoking section and wifi.

Hotel "Nairi"

Located outside the city center this hotel offers a relaxing atmosphere

SLEEP   —  +374 47-971503 —  Map

Stepanakert Airport

The airport still remains closed due to political reasons.

Janapar Trailhead to Shushi

Janapar trail with trail markings leading to Shushi.

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Janapar Trailhead to Patara

Marked Janapar Trail leading to Patara village.

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Hotel "Ocean"

Very basic but clean and cheap, no breakfast.

Hotel "Heghnar"

Quite good option with decent breakfasts.

SLEEP   —  +374 47 948677 —  39 Abovian Street

St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) Church

The new church built in 2007.

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Restaurant "Rosya"

Upscale Russian restaurant.

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Bus station

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About Stepanakert

There is some dispute whether the first settlement in this area was started by Armenians in 5th century and thus was called Vararakn ("rapid spring" in Armenian) or by a Karabakh khan in 18th century, and was thus called Khankendi (Turkic for "the khan's village"). At any rate, the town was renamed in 1923 to Stepanakert to honor Stepan Shahumyan, ethnic Armenian leader. It also became the capital of the newly created Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast. Shortly after that municipal authorities adopted a new city layout designed by the prominent Armenian architect Alexander Tamanian, which is still in use. During the war, the city suffered immense damage from Azeri bombardment which continued from 1992 to 1994.

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