The village church Nyugdi in Dagestan - Another Armenian historical myth has been dispelled
magazine "Region plus" № 43 (207), December 17, 2013
|Church of St. Grigoris. Village Nyugdi|
"GOD'S TEMPLE MUST BE PROTECTED"
Another Armenian historical myth has been dispelled in front of our eyes
Welcoming faces, persistent requests to stay for dinner, giving guests little parcels with [traditional Azeri] hot tandir bread - that was how a family of local Azeris warmly greeted the scientists who had come to see the Church of St. Grigoris in the Dagestani village of Nugdi. It is Azeris, Lezghins as well as other nations, who now live in the once Jewish village and it is they who are protecting this Christian shrine, even though they worship Islam. "God's temple must be protected" - is the sincere belief of this Azeri family who kindly agreed to offer their key to the church to the visitors to the All-Russian scientific-practical conference "The 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity in Derbent as the state religion of Caucasian Albania".
The scientists wanted to find out for themselves who actually owns this memorial to Christian architecture to which the Armenians at the conference were laying claim. They maintain that the history of Christianity in Dagestan has been since ancient times linked with the work of the Armenian Church and that Armenian rulers played a key role in the spread of Christianity in this region. And they point to the temple at Nugdi (Mola-Khalil), allegedly built on the site of the murder of St. Grigoris, the grandson of Grigoriy the Illuminator, in the 4th century as an ancient seat of the Armenian Church in Dagestan.