Azat, Armenia

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Aghkilsa  Ազատ is located in Armenia
Aghkilsa  Ազատ
Coordinates: 40°10′40″N 45°52′18″E / 40.17778°N 45.87167°E / 40.17778; 45.87167Coordinates: 40°10′40″N 45°52′18″E / 40.17778°N 45.87167°E / 40.17778; 45.87167
Country Armenia
Marz (Province) Gegharkunik
Elevation 2,054 m (6,739 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 165
Time zone GMT+4 (UTC+4)

Aghkilsa (Armenian: Ազատ, also Romanized as Azad; until 1935, Aghkilsa (Ağkilsə) (meaning White Church) is a small village in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. The village has a heavily ruined 11th century church and a pair of medieval khachkars.[1]

Aghkilsa was also the birthplace of the celebrated Azeri folklore poet Ashig Alasgar (Aşıq Ələsgər) (1821-1926).[2] All of the ethnic Azeri inhabitants of Azat fled to Azerbaijan in 1988-89 during the course of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

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  1. ^ Kiesling, Brady; Kojian, Raffi (2005). Rediscovering Armenia: Guide (2nd ed.). Yerevan: Matit Graphic Design Studio. pp. 82–83. ISBN 99941-0-121-8. 
  2. ^ Who is who (in Azerbaijani)