About Shushi, the Project, and Business Opportunities in Shushi
Located on a mountain plateau high above the Karkar River, Shushi overlooks the majestic views of
Artsakh from her height of 1600 meters. Shushi is surrounded by eighteen century fortress-walls and
canyons. In her glory days, Shushi was home to over 15 newspapers in Armenian and Russian languages,
museums and was a showcase of Armenian architecture.
In 1918-1920 Shushi was the center of the Artsakh liberation movement and the capital of self-
governing Nagorno Karabakh. During the Artsakh war, Shushi was turned into an Azerbaijani military
base. Shushi was liberated on May 9, 1992; this was our second great victory after Sardarapat. It was
both a military and moral victory for all Armenians worldwide.
The authorities of the NKR consider the development of Shoushi as an issue of great strategic
importance and for this very reason Artsakh’s government is planning to move some state organs and
structures to Shoushi, including the judicial system the ministry of culture and youth affairs, some sub-
divisions of the Defense Army, the union of writers, Artsakh branch of the State Agricultural University
of Armenia and some other bodies. We are confident that these measures will give a new impetus to the
development of Shushi.
Avan Shushi Plaza and Tourist Center is a project undertaken for the development of a tourist district
in Artsakh. The project is an important economic development activity for Shushi, setting a framework
for development of the city as a cultural, tourist and educational center. This project includes a 63
room hotel (31 rooms available/renovated as part of project’s phase I plan), conference / banquet hall,
historic Eastern Bazaar, ancient Caravansary, historic baths (Spa) and restaurants resulting in conversion
of these properties to a lively and animated contemporary tourist center.
Avan Ishkhan partnership truly believes in the positive impact of its projects on the development
of Shushi. Our projects are aimed to help with transformation of Shushi as a touristic, cultural and
educational destination. Avan Shushi Plaza projects facilitating the needed activities for Shushi include:
Historic Shouka (Bazaar) - The Historic Shouka consists of over 20 stores. Our vision is to have Shouka serve
as both a touristic attraction and a functioning public marketplace. Shouka will serve the tourists by
its charming stores offering handcrafted objects, rugs, jewelry, pottery crafted by locals; in addition,
Shouka will serve the locals by becoming a source for daily goods, produce and other food items.
Historic Bath – Our vision for Historic Bath is to function as both a historic building showcasing Shushi’s
architecture, and relaxation destination for our guest. Our guests will enjoy the clean and comfortable
environment with amenities such as Spa, Jacuzzi, pool and massage.
The Banquet Hall / Meeting Room / Conference Hall, surrounded by windows overlooking Shushi,
these facilities provide the needed accommodations to conduct your meetings in a nice and friendly
environment. Our business center, internet access and additional meeting rooms will allow you to hold
additional meetings as part of your business function.
The Market Street planned as one of Avan Ishkhan projects will be setup on the road between Shouka
and Hotel. The Market Street will serve as the location where artists can sell their painting, sculptures,
hand crafts on an outdoor setting (similar to Vernisaj in Yerevan).
Below are some activities which can be organized using the Avan Ishkhan partnership projects:
Arts and craft centers (educational workshops)
Festivals for cinema
Music (Jazz, Rock, Classical)
Food tasting festival
Winery and Culinary Arts
Wine tasting tournaments
Carpet weaving workshop
Carriage rides in town
Visiting historic buildings in town
Pottery, jewelry, and decorative items
Studio; art, artisan, architecture
Business Expo / Conventions
Political Party gatherings
Educational / Youth Activities
Summer Camps for high school students
Shushi liberation didn’t come easy. Many Armenian from around the world assisted by providing
material, very many took part in the war, and some paid the ultimate sacrifice by losing their lives. We
believe it is time for all Armenians from around the world to come together and take part in Shushi’s re-
birth. Our project is just one of many projects that can have a big impact in the development of Shushi
as a touristic, educational and cultural destination. We would like to invite every Armenian organization
to plan their next event in Shushi, and we invite every Armenian from around the world to support by
attending the organized events. In our part, we pledge our commitment to the attendees to have an
extraordinary time, given Shushi’s beauty and the warmth of its people’s heart.