2022 has been declared the “Year of Shusha” in the Republic of Azerbaijan. This year marks the 270th anniversary of the city of Shusha.
Shusha city, founded in 1752 by Karabakh Khan Panahali Khan, and this year will celebrate its 270th anniversary, has passed a rich way of development and played an exceptional role in the cultural and socio-political life of Azerbaijan and the entire South Caucasus. This city, which has always preserved its unique historical appearance and unique environment, has written remarkable pages in our chronicle of literary, cultural, scientific and social thought with its great personalities. Shusha, the crown of Karabakh, is a sacred and dear place for our people. Love for Shusha is an integral part of the spiritual existence of every Azerbaijani.
On November 8, 2020, during the 44-day Patriotic War, the courageous Azerbaijani Army liberated the city of Shusha from occupation. The victory in Shusha, which marked the beginning of the surrender of Armenia, became a celebration of the heroic spirit of our people and went down in our history as Victory Day.
Immediately after the victory of Shusha, along with the construction of infrastructure in the city, restoration of historical and cultural monuments began, great attention was paid to public administration and Shusha City State Reserve Department was established here to ensure flexibility and efficiency in the organization of construction work.Today, in Shusha, which was declared the cultural capital of Azerbaijan, huge projects are being implemented to restore the true historical image of the city. The preparation of the Master Plan of Shusha in a short time, the return of the bust and mausoleum of the mighty poet Molla Panah Vagif to its original form, the opening of the Bulbul House-Museum and the statue of Uzeyir Hajibeyli, as well as the restoration of historical, religious and architectural monuments are part of the complex work in the cultural capital of our country.