Armenian vandalism in Shusha

House-Museum of Khurshudbanu Natavan

The two-story house belonging to Khurshudbanu Natavan, popularly known as “Khan’s daughter” is a historical and architectural monument of the 18th century in Shusha city.

Shusha Music School, the first children’s music school established in Azerbaijan on the initiative of Bulbul, the founder of Azerbaijan’s vocal art, began operating in this building in the early 1930s. Since 1984, the school was renamed the Shusha Children’s Art School named after Niyazi.

After the overhaul and restoration of the Khurshudbanu Natavan’s House in 1987, the Karabakh branch of the National Museum of Azerbaijani Literature named after Nizami Ganjavi began to operate in this building and named after Khurshudbanu Natavan.

Hundreds of artworks, including paintings, carpets, miniatures, souvenirs, archeological samples collected and exhibited in the Museum.

The Museums were faced with Armenian vandalism after the occupation of Shusha city by the Armenian Armed Forces on May 8, 1992. As the result, all of the above-mentioned exhibits and collections of the Museum were destroyed and seized by Armenians.

  1. Ismayilova, Laman, “Culture Ministry spreads facts about Armenian vandalism”, AZERNEWS, 13 October 2020.