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Bənəniyar is located in Azerbaijan
Coordinates: 39°08′47″N 45°39′05″E / 39.14639°N 45.65139°E / 39.14639; 45.65139Coordinates: 39°08′47″N 45°39′05″E / 39.14639°N 45.65139°E / 39.14639; 45.65139
Country  Azerbaijan
Autonomous republic Nakhchivan
Rayon Julfa
Population (2005)[citation needed]
 • Total 3,253
Time zone AZT (UTC+4)

Bənəniyar (also, Bənənyar and Bananiyar) is a village and municipality in the Julfa Rayon of Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. It is located 25 km in the north from the district center, on the right bank of the Alinjachay River, on the slope of the Zangezur ridge. Its population is busy with vine-growing, grain-growing and animal husbandry. There are secondary school, cultural house, library, communication branch, and a medical center in the village. There is the medieval cemetery near the village. It has a population of 3,253.[1]


The name of the village made out from the component of the Turkic words of bənən (glade on the slope of the mountain) and yar (ravine, valley) means "ravine on the neck of the mountain, the hollow place at the mountain pass". The geographical location of the village is suitable with this meaning.[2]

Bananiyar Cemetery[edit]

Bananiyar Cemetery - the medieval monument near the same named village of the Julfa region, on the right bank of the Alinjachay River. Was registered in 1976. Necropolis consists from the soil graves in rectangular form, oriented from west toward east. In the its area were found the gravestones in ram form of the Middle Ages made from red tuff; there are written articles in Arabic-language on the its top part. The cemetery belongs to the 13-14 centuries of BC.[1]


  1. ^ a b ANAS, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (2005). Nakhchivan Encyclopedia. volume I. Baku: ANAS. p. 86. ISBN 5-8066-1468-9. 
  2. ^ Encyclopedic dictionary of Azerbaijan toponyms. In two volumes. Volume I. p. 304. Baku: "East-West". 2007. ISBN 978-9952-34-155-3.