|Affiliation||Armenian Apostolic Church|
There have been reports of its destruction or demolition after the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, based on satellite images, though the Azerbaijani government and the Baku Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church maintain that the church, which suffered damage during the war, is still standing and undergoing "renovation".
Kanach Zham means "Green Chapel" in Armenian, which refers to the previously green domes of the church. The church is sometimes also called Gharabakhtsots, the name of the old wooden church that was previously located in the same place as Kanach Zham, and which was named as such in honor of the farmers of Nagorno-Karabakh who built it.
The church was built in 1818 in the same place as the former Gharabakhtsots wooden church. The church is built according to a unique cruciform scheme, with the eastern facade of the church being adjacent to the western part of the chapel, and the tall dome of the church and its chapel can both be seen clearly from a distance across the town. The interior of the church also has some unique architectural features. Above the entrance to the church, is an inscription from 1847 that says "Babayan Stepanos Hovhannes. In the memory of his deceased brother Mkrtych."
Around November 2020, both Armenian and foreign sources stated that the towers of the church had been destroyed by Azerbaijan after the capture of the town in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, referring to pictures and a video circulating online of the partially destroyed church.  The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Armenian Apostolic Church condemned the damage in a statement in November.
In March 2021, Armenian news agencies diffused satellite images taken on February 15 which showed the complete demolition of the church by the Azerbaijani authorities. This was covered by international press such as Le Monde    The destruction of the church can be seen on Google Maps in April 2021. An Azerbaijani news agency denied Kanach Zham's destruction, while also denying the church's Armenian heritage. It stated that the church, which had been severely damaged during the war, was undergoing renovation and its dome was being rebuilt. The Russian Orthodox Church Eparchy of Baku also claims that the church is to be renovated.
Azerbaijani sources ascribe Russian provenance to the church, claiming that it was modified according to "Armenianized" style in the 1840s.
The church in 1979
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