Monday, October 08, 2007

Caucasian Albanian Temple in Kish










These are pictures of Albanian temple built on the most ancient sanctuary in the territory of former Caucasian Albania in Kish village of Sheki. There are many interesting exhibits in the temple including graves of Albanian people of I-V B.C. There are many ancient Caucasian Albania temples in Azerbaijan. This temple and overall this museum complex was restored with support of Norwegian government. World famous Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl after his visit to Sheki and Kish said that he believed that ancient Norwegians migrated from Sheki/Kish area...interesting...
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7 comments:

Strangetastes said...

Quite a lovely building and garden. If I didn't know where it was I would have guessed the south of France.

Meg in Nelson said...

Fascinating link between Norway and Azerbaijan. Beautiful grounds.

Nick. G. said...

This is an Albanian church, strange how come Albanians are even there. :D

Anonymous said...

Nick G.: Not the Albanians you are thinking of. Caucasian Albania has nothing to do with Albania in Balkans (except the name). Caucasian Albania is far more ancient than modern-day Albania in Balkans.

Anonymous said...

Albania in Balkan is the most ancient country cause our land before was called Illyria(hope you have heard about illyrians).but it made me courious because in our albanian language the word kish means church(tha same word in caucasian Albania kish albanian temple).It's interesting.

Ayten Qiyas-Rustamova said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your comment. Your comment is very interesting. Kish is the name of the village in Sheki where the church is located. Next time I am there I will check what the villagers say about the meaning of their village name. We have numerous Albanian churches across Azerbaijan.

Best wishes!

Anonymous said...

the myth of ALBANIAN is exatly the myth of ARGO-JASON,,, read about that myth and where from start and where had finished,,,,for me are the ecpedite of AMERICO VESPUCI of that time,,,in early myth time....before of TROY,,,BY the way........ KISH=CHURCH=TEMPLE and ODIN=DIOS=DEUS=GOD,,,like the ALEXANDER THE GREAT named alot of ALEXANDREA POLIS and ALBANIAN named in that time the ALBANIA in ROME,ALBA=ALPE=ELBA=ELBETIA=SWIZERLAND,ALBA MARE=MEDITERANIA MARE today just the gulf of SPAIN,ALBA=BIELO MARE in NORWAY in the way for CAUCAS-CASPIC MARE ,,,the symbol DEUS is thunder=REZE=AZER,,EAGLE,,BRE=BRET=M'BRET=KING,,like grande BRETANIA= BIG KINGDOM...YLLI=YLLIRIAN=ILIRIA=ILIRIDA=ILIDA=ILIADA=ELLADA=KINGDOM of the STAR,,STAR GOD=DEUS ILL=DI+IL orEL=DIELL=SUN GOD...so all these thing is very easy to learn if you know ALBANIAN and GREEK