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TOGH MELIKS PALACE

The palace is situated in the central part of village Togh in Hadrut region – in dwelling and dense urban. According to the large engineering record – carved on the whole front part of the parlor's second floor, the palace was built in 1737 by the prince of Dizak Melik-Yegan. 

Melik-Yegan was the son of Ghukas Vardapet (Archimandrite) who was established in Togh at the beginning of 18th century. Melik- Yegan (the real name – Avan) was one of the most outstanding statesmen in Armenian political life during the first half of the century. He took part in liberation straggle of Artsakh skhnakhs (regions) against Ottoman as the leader of Dizak skhnakh. Simultaneously he played an important role in Armenian-Russian diplomatic affairs.

 

 

 

The centre of this autonomous government,  formed due to the perserving struggle of five Skhnakhs, known as «Mahale Khamse» or «Khamsayi Melikutyunner», was the village Togh. For this, the palace was built here as the residence of Melik-Yegan (Melik-Avan-Khan).The most ermarkable building of the palace is Melik Yegan’s Parlor in the Southern part of the Yard.

 

 

 

 

Melik’s palace of Togh is one of the oldest buildings of the kind that is dated and with its closed construction it obviously had defencive purpose also as one of the army centres of Southern verge region Dizak. Partially the parlor has a great value not only for its various constructional protocol and citation of its costruction style, but also with its composition. In spite of some similarities with Kashatagh and Khnatsakh parlors, Melik Yegan’s parlor is original and presents a new typical style of building such constructions. The gate of the palace is also unique for being preserved so well and together with the parlor plays a great role in the general appearance of the palace.

The two floor building presents an interesting architectural complex that contains residential and economic teritories and Melik Yegan’s parlor. In spite of some changes of the palace during the history it practically remained its former appearance. Residential territories and guestrooms are grouped in three places.

 

They are directed to the inner yard with their front part and are connected to each other by enclosure. When You get inside the palace you appear in the atmosphere of nobleman tribal cradle.  The buildings have arched roofings, paved floors and armenian fireplaces.


Some posts about the historical events of the time still remain on the walls. The palace gives clear image of the armenian dwellings of the 18th-19th centuries. The palace is being repaired since 2009 and it is planned to open a museum of carpet weaving and handicraft there.

14:58 August 13, 2013