Shusha District (Azerbaijani: Şuşa rayonu) is one of the 66 districts of Azerbaijan. It is located in the west of the country and belongs to the Upper Karabakh Economic Region. The district borders the districts of Khojaly, Lachin, and Khojavend. Its capital and largest city is Shusha. As of 2020, the district had a nominal population of 34,700.
Map of Azerbaijan showing Shusha District
|Established||8 August 1930|
|• Total||310 km2 (120 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+4 (AZT)|
The district was formerly part of the Shusha District of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) of Azerbaijan SSR during the Soviet times. It was the only district of NKAO to have an Azerbaijani-majority.
The district came under the control of the Armenian forces during the First Nagorno-Karabakh War and was made part of the Shushi Province of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh. However, in 2020, parts of the district, including its capital, Shusha, were recaptured by Azerbaijan in November 2020 following a three-day battle during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.
- Mir Mohsun Navvab, artist and poet
- Khurshidbanu Natavan, poet
- Sadigjan, musician, inventor of the Azeri variety of tar
- Gasim bey Zakir, poet
- Khudadat bey Malik-Aslanov, scientist and politician
- Najaf bey Vazirov, playwright and journalist
- Bulbul, folk and opera singer
- Bulbuljan, folk singer
- Abdurrahim Hagverdiyev, dramatist
- Yusif Vazir Chamanzaminli (12 September 1887 to 3 January 1943 in the GULAG, near Gorky, Russia), core author of the novel Ali and Nino, published under the pseudonym Kurban Said
- Karim bey Mehmandarov, doctor and social activist
- Khan Shushinski, folk singer
- Shamsi Badalbeyli, theatre director and actor
- Suleyman Sani Akhundov, Azerbaijani playwright, journalist, children's author, and teacher (3 October 1875, Shusha – 29 March 1939, Baku)
- Ahmad Agdamski, Azerbaijani opera singer, mugam singer and actor (5 January 1884, Shusha – 1 April 1954 Agdash)
- Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR (5 May 1919 Shusha – 19 September 1974 Baku)
- Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885–1948), founder of Azerbaijani composed music
- Jabbar Garyagdioglu, Azerbaijani folk singer (khananda) (31 March 1861 Shusha – 20 April 1944 Baku)
- Seyid Shushinski, Azerbaijani folk singer (khananda) (12 April 1889, Horadiz – 1 November 1965, Baku)
- Mir Hasan Vazirov, Azerbaijani revolutioner and one of the 26 Baku Commissars
- Latif Karimov, Azerbaijani carpet designer known for his contributions to a variety of artistic fields.(17 November 1906, Shusha – 1991, Baku)
- Molla Panah Vagif, Poet the minister of foreign affairs in the Karabakh Khanate
- Mehdigulu Khan Vefa, lyrical poet of Azerbaijan, lieutenant colonel in the Russian Army, son of a famous Karabakh poet Khurshidbanu Natavan (1855 Shusha – 1900 1900 Tiflis)
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