Karki, Azerbaijan

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Տիգրանաշեն  • Tigranashen
Karki (Tigranashen).jpg
Karki is located in Azerbaijan
Karki is located in Armenia
Coordinates: 39°47′08″N 44°56′37″E / 39.78556°N 44.94361°E / 39.78556; 44.94361
Country Azerbaijan (de jure)
 Armenia (de facto)
Sadarak (de jure)
Ararat (de facto)
 • Total19 km2 (7 sq mi)
 • Total741
Time zoneUTC+4 (AZT)

Karki (Azerbaijani: Kərki, Armenian: Տիգրանաշեն, romanizedTigranashen) is a village that is de jure an exclave of the Sadarak District of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan, de facto under the occupation of Armenia, administrated as part of its Ararat Province.[1]

The village is located on the bank of the Arpachay River near the Yerevan-Jermuk highway, which is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) away from the district centre. The area of the village itself is 950 hectares (2,300 acres).

The main highway connecting northern Armenia with southern Armenia passes right by the village, which is today mostly inhabited by Armenians, both locals and refugees from Azerbaijan.[2] The village has been renamed Tigranashen by the Armenian government after the ancient king Tigranes the Great, under whose reign the Kingdom of Armenia attained its greatest power.[1]


The village's name reflects the name of the Karki tribe.[citation needed] Sources indicate that the Karki tribes came to Azerbaijan as part of the Turkic Kipchaks in the early Middle Ages. There is information about the existence of a tribe of the kərkibaşlı (karki-bashly), which was one of the arms of the qazakhly tribe, at the beginning of the 19th century. One of the arms of the Ersari tribe of Turkmens was called Karki. Karki tribes were registered on the territories of Uzbekistan and Turkey.


The village was occupied on January 19, 1990, by Armenian forces.[3][4][5][6]

Since May 1992, following the First Nagorno-Karabakh War, Karki has been controlled by Armenia, which administers the 19 km2 (7.3 sq mi) territory as part of its Ararat Province.[7]

After the war, many of the former inhabitants of Karki resettled in a new village, Yeni Kərki (New Karki), created within the Kangarli District of Azerbaijan.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Karki / Tigranashen exclave – Azerbaijan – Azerb.com
  2. ^ Brady Kiesling, Rediscovering Armenia, p. 30; original archived at Archive.org, and current version online on Armeniapedia.org.
  3. ^ ANAS, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (2005). Nakhchivan Encyclopedia. volume I. Baku: ANAS. p. 294. ISBN 5-8066-1468-9.
  4. ^ "Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic". Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  5. ^ Kərkinin taleyi
  6. ^ Sadarak District Court
  7. ^ [1] Archived November 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 39°47.3′N 44°57.0′E / 39.7883°N 44.9500°E / 39.7883; 44.9500