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Coordinates: 39°46′16″N 46°17′21″E / 39.77111°N 46.28917°E / 39.77111; 46.28917


Sheylanli is located in Azerbaijan
Location of Sheylanli in Lachin
Coordinates: 39°46′16″N 46°17′21″E / 39.77111°N 46.28917°E / 39.77111; 46.28917
Country Azerbaijan
Elevation1,646 m (5,403 ft)
Time zoneUTC+4 (AZT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+5 (AZT)

Sheylanli (Azerbaijani: Şeylanlı; Russian: Шейланлы, Шейлани, or Шейланы) is a former Kurdish village in Lachin district of Azerbaijan.[3][4][5] Since May 17, 1992 the village, together with Lachin district, have been under control of the Armenian Military forces.[6][7][8]


The village is located on the Lesser Caucasus mountains, more precisely, in the north part of the Lachin district and the west side of Hakari River (almost in the source) 330 km from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan Republic.


The name of the village is related to the name of the tribe, Sheylanli, who had lived in the area until the Nagorno-Karabakh War. After the establishment of the USSR, in official documents the area was named as Sheylanli village. According to Shamil Asgarov and other sources ,[9] Sheylanli tribe is considered to be one of 24 kurdish tribes those were moved from Iran to Karabakh and Zangezur by Shah Abbas I of Iran in the 16th century to fortify the borders of the Safavid Empire. After the war, inhabitants of the village were forced to live in Takhta Korpu, which used to be Wintergrounds of Lachin in Aghjabadi district during the USSR .[10][11]

Sheylanli was surrounded by several historical, cultural and architectural monuments as well, such as an arch bridge on Hakari River.[12]


  1. ^ "Seylanli, Azerbaijan Page". Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  2. ^ "Sheylanli Map — Satellite Images of Sheylanli". Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  3. ^ Alesker, Alekperov (1960). Archaeology and Ethnography of Azerbaijan p. 143 (in Russian). Baku.
  4. ^ Sovetskaya Etnografiya (in Russian). Moscow: Izd-vo Akademii nauk: Vol. 5-6: pp. 125 - 135. 1932.
  5. ^ Aristova, Tatiana Fedorovna (1966). Kurdy Zakavkazia, pp. 48, 53 (in Russian). Moscow: Izd-vo "Nauka," Glav. red. vostochnoĭ lit-ry, Index 1-6-2/111-66.
  6. ^ Negotiating a black hole, published in the Guardian
  7. ^ Lachin: The Emptying Lands Institute for War & Peace Reporting
  8. ^ U.S. Department of State - 1993 UN Security Council Resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh
  9. ^ Sherefxan, Bidlisi (1967). On Kurdish tribes in Caucasus, p. 370 (in Russian). Moscow.
  10. ^ "IRC - Monthly Activity Report (January 1999)". International Rescue Committee. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-10. Mentions the name of the refugee settlement as Seilanli in the Aghjabadi
  11. ^ "Through a Child's Eye, IRC". Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  12. ^ Karabakh in Documents Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine

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