Why did this church disappear?

The BBC investigates the disappearance of an Armenian church that changed hands in the recent Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Video Transcript

- What does that say?

- Well the map says it should be on the top of here.



- I think you show him the map.

- Yeah, a little bit further. OK, look. Just a little bit further on. There.

Well the map says it should be on the top of here. Seems rather unlikely.

OK. So--

It looks to me like it could have been where that church was.

OK, look here. It was definitely here. So we can see from the trees here, they're very definite shape. You can see them over there, they match.

What happened to the church?


INTERPRETER: During the war it was destroyed.

- It can't have been destroyed during the war because there are videos of the Azeris here.


- No, it wouldn't have happened.


INTERPRETER: They destroyed it themselves.

- Can I show you something from when we went there? Let me show you.

You can see it's been totally destroyed.

HIKMET HAJIYEV: Because it's a proper geolocation, I don't know. It needs to be checked. A policy of occupation was committed by Armenia against Azerbaijani people. And you have seen the level of destruction in Jabrayil, Fuzuli. More than eight cities of Azerbaijan have been destroyed. It's like a Hiroshima, a nuclear bomb blast has been used.


- Perhaps you'd to like to apologize for what Armenia did in those occupied territories?

AVA AIVAZIAN: During the war there were, you know, wrongdoings on every side. If there was any case, it was, let's say individual approach. It was not a state policy about that.

- Having been that, can I just say, it looks very systematic.

AVA AIVAZIAN: The same happens now in the territories fell under control of Azerbaijan, particularly in the villages and cities of Hadrut region of Nagorno-Karabakh.