A complete list of known Armenian Apostolic churches in Nakhichevan built since the adoption of Christianity in Armenia would include more than 280 churches. Recent reports have alleged that probably all of the Armenian churches in Nakhchivan that were still standing in the decade before the collapse of the Soviet Union were destroyed by Azerbaijan in the aftermath of the Nagorno-Karabakh war. A 2006 report about a visit made to Nakhchivan in 2005 stated that of the five churches visited all were found to have been completely destroyed, in particular the 14th-century St. Karapet monastery in Abrakunis, and the 17th-century St. Hakop-Hayrapet church in Shurut. Azerbaijan has repeatedly barred on-site investigation of the condition of Armenian monuments in the region by outside groups.
^The Destruction of Julfa and the Entire Armenian Cultural Heritage in Nakhijevan Parliamentary Group Switzerland-Armenia (ed), Bern, 2006. Pages 6 & 7. Quote from page 7, chapter titled "Memorandum submitted to UNESCO": "The destruction of Jugha is not a unique case in this remote province of Nakhijevan. ...what he discovered there convinced him that a deliberate state policy of destruction was carried out throughout all Nakhijevan".
^Monumental Effort: Scotsman wants to prove Azeri policy of cultural destruction in Nakhijevan, Gayane Mkrtchyan, ArmeniaNow, 2 September 2005. http://www.armenianow.com/features/5782/monumental_effort_scotsman_wants_t Quote: "But a special state policy of destruction is being implemented in Azerbaijan. In Turkey, after 90 years of staying empty, there are still standing churches today, meanwhile in Nakhijevan, all have been destroyed within just 10 years."
^L'Azerbaïdjan face au désastre culturel: L'Unesco reste impuissante face à la nouvelle campagne que mène le gouvernement azéri pour effacer toute trace de la culture arménienne sur son sol Sylvain Besson, Le Temps, 4 November 2006. 
^http://shr.aaas.org/geotech/azerbaijan/azerbaijan.shtmlHigh-Resolution Satellite Imagery and the Destruction of Cultural Artifacts in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. AAAS. December 8, 2010. Quote: "Given that Azerbaijan has barred on-site investigation by outside groups, AAAS acquired and analyzed high-resolution satellite imagery to assess whether damage to the artifacts occurred."