The occupiers are destroying the Khan Palace in Bakhchisarai

The Russian occupation administration is destroying the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchisarai, an architectural monument reports the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko.

“The occupiers are destroying it [the palace]. They are dismantling the roof and ensemble of colored stained-glass windows of the Golden Cabinet, replacing the old roof with modern building materials. In other words, they are erasing the national memory with a new building,” he said.

The Ministry of Culture drew UNESCO’s attention to the actions of Russia, as a permanent member of the organization.

The Khan’s Palace in Bakhchisarai is a monument of national importance, the only example of Crimean Tatar palace architecture in the world, built in 1532-1783.

In 2017, the Russian Federation, which occupied Crimea, began “repair and restoration” work on the monument, resulting in authentic materials being replaced with modern ones.

In 2021, UNESCO published a report in which it recognized that the “restoration” of the Khan’s Palace poses a “threat of destroying the historical and cultural value of the monument.”

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