Azerbaijani Consul General in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev made a post on his Twitter microblog in honor of Christmas. Consul Agayev claims that Azerbaijan has an “old Christian heritage”, as proof of his word, he used photographs of ancient Armenian temples in Artsakh. “This Christmas day, let’s look at these beautiful paintings of the ancient Azerbaijani Christian heritage. Christianity arrived in Azerbaijan in the first century, becoming the state religion in 313 BC. Today, hundreds of thousands of Christians live in peace and freely profess in Azerbaijan,” he wrote.
Nasim Aghayev’s collage contains photographs of the 9th-century Dadivank Armenian monastery complex (after the 44-day war, which came under the control of Azerbaijan), the 10th-century Gandzasar Armenian monastery complex (Martakert region of the Republic of Artsakh), the early medieval Tsitsernavank Armenian monastery in Kashatagh region (after the 44-day war came under the control of Azerbaijan) and the 12th-century St. Yeghishe Church (Kish village).