KYIV (QHA) -

During the International Conference "Crimea 2014-2017: Annexed culture" ex-director of the Bakhchysarai Historical and Cultural Reserve Elmira Ablyalimova said that a cultural genocide is taking place in the occupied Crimea, the QHA correspondent reports.

"We are dealing with a cultural genocide. The Khan Palace is an object of world significance, the only example of the Crimean Tatar culture in the world. The complex includes more than two dozen objects. The Khan's Palace is not just a museum, but a symbol of statehood for the Crimean Tatars. The annexation of the Crimea led to the destruction of the Khan's palace, so we must draw the attention of the whole world and stop the invaders," she said.

Reference: the Khan Palace was founded in the 16th century during the reign of Sahib I Giray khan. The palace is part of the Bakhchysarai Historical and Cultural Reserve. The premises of the palace include a museum of history and culture of the Crimean Tatars, an art museum, an exhibition of cold steel and firearms.
Occupants brought the Khan Palace on the list of cultural heritage sites of federal significance in October 2015.

Earlier, QHA informed that the occupiers are destroying the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai. The Khan Palace Museum has been closed for 4 days under the pretext of preparation to centenary, the guard was posted from all sides as well.

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