Talış, Tartar

Coordinates: 40°22′53″N 46°44′27″E / 40.38139°N 46.74083°E / 40.38139; 46.74083Coordinates: 40°22′53″N 46°44′27″E / 40.38139°N 46.74083°E / 40.38139; 46.74083
Country Azerbaijan (de jure)
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (de facto)
Nagorno-Karabakh / Region Tartar of Azerbaijan
Population (2016)
  Total 0
Time zone UTC (UTC+4)
  Summer (DST) UTC (UTC+5)

Talış (Armenian: Թալիշ, T'alish) is a village in the Martakert Region of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (de facto), and the Tartar Rayon of Azerbaijan (de jure). It has been under Armenian control since the 1994 ceasefire.


Several historical Armenian monuments are situated in Talış, including the Horeka (Glkho) monastery (founded in the 5th century) that has numerous khachkars in its walls and its vestibule, and the Surb Astvadzadzin church (from 1894).[1][2]

During the Nagorno-Karabakh war, on April 11, 1994 Karabakh forces retook Talış, securing the village of Gulistan.[3]

The village was severely damaged during the 2016 Armenian–Azerbaijani clashes. Azerbaijan's armed forces briefly took control over the village on the 2nd of April 2016 after most of its population had been evacuated. When Talış was retaken by Armenian forces, it was reported that an elderly Armenian couple from the village had been found shot in their home and their corpses had been mutilated. According to these reports, Azerbaijani soldiers had also killed a second elderly woman in Talış.[4][5][6]

Following the 2016 clashes, according to Azerbaijanis, Azerbaijan regained control over all heights around Talış.[7][8] However the Armenian side says Azerbaijan regained control over some military posts but not succeed to occupy all heights around Talış [9][10][11][12][13] Its population, which numbered 567 persons in 2005 according to Armenian sources,[14] fled, and it is currently a ghost village.[15]


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