( Khinalug )

Khinalug, Khynalyg, or Khinalyg (Azerbaijani: Xınalıq; Khinalug: Kətş; also rendered as Khanaluka, Khanalyk, Khinalykh, or Khynalyk), is a municipality and an ancient Caucasian village with origins dating back to the Caucasian Albanian period. It is located high up in the mountains of Quba District, Azerbaijan. The municipality of Khinalug is part of the Quba District and consists of the villages of Khinalug and Galaykhudat. The village was included in the Cultural Landscape of Khinalig People and "Köç Yolu" Transhumance Route UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2023.

On 7 October 2006, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, announced plans to modernise the educational buildings, infrastructure, governmental buildings and other resources of Khinalug.[1]

In 2007 Aliyev established Khinalug State historical-architectural and ethnographic reserve by presidential decree, to preserve the unique appearance, language and customs of the village.[2]

Khinalug was included on the World Monuments Fund's 2008 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites[3] due to concern over the building of a road between Khinalug and Guba. The listing is not intended to criticise potential tourist and commercial activity in Khinalug, rather it is intended as a warning that new development should not come at the cost of the site's essential, historic character.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism restored the roofs of nearly a hundred homes in Khinaluq in 2011, and the 9th-century mosque was restored in 2012–2014.[2] The village and its surrounding "Köç Yolu" Transhumance Route landscape were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 45th UNESCO World Heritage Committee.[4]

^ "Azerbaijani President visits Guba". 7 October 2006. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. ^ a b "History of Xinaliq". Archived from the original on 8 October 2018. ^ "Khinalug". World Monuments Fund. Retrieved 10 March 2014. ^ Cite error: The named reference :0 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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