SHUSHI & HUNOT CANYON

Shushi is a town in the Shushi Province of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, situated at an altitude of 1,400–1,800 meters above sea level in the picturesque Karabakh mountains.

Shushi as a settlement is first mentioned as Shushi in the Middle Ages, with the 15th century illuminated Armenian Gospel kept on display at Yerevan’s Matenadaran, being the earliest known artifact from the town. The Eastern Armenian version of four Gospels was completed in 1830 in Shushi, and then was published in Moscow for the first time. In the 19th century, Shushi was one of the great cities of the Caucasus, larger and more prosperous than either Baku or Yerevan. Standing in the middle of a net of caravan routes, it had ten Caravanserais. It was well known for its silk trade, its paved roads, brightly colored carpets, big stone houses, and fine-bred horses. Shushi also had religious and strategic importance to the Armenians, housing the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, the church of Kanach Zham, two other churches, a monastic convent, and serving (along with the Lachin district to the west) as a land link to Armenia.

Hunot Canyon is located in the vicinity of Shushi town, and is one of the most beloved places for locals and travelers. The Canyon represents a unique ecosystem with plenty of caves, forests, a river, several springs, waterfalls and rocky mountains. There are several historical monuments like mills, a bridge and a village, what makes the Hunot Canyon as a state historical & natural reserve.

The canyon’s upper part can be described as a smooth territory beneath the forested area of the highland. It’s the lowest point of the city of Shushi: 1,300 meters above the sea level, but it is a unique place for the altitude lovers, because it opens an incredible view of the canyon of Hunot at the bottom of which flows the Karkar River. The rainy weather is the best time to visit the place: there are some caves in which eagles nest and in rainy weather they fly a little lower and you can just sit on the edge of the canyon and watch them passing in a meter above your head.