Khankendi is located on the Gargar River, at the eastern foot of the Caucasus range, in 385 kilometers’ distance from Baku.
Khankendi differs from other Azerbaijan cities being relatively young. According to the archive records, the city was founded at the ends of the XVIII century as a resting place of the Karabakh khans. In order to create maximum condition for khans ‘activities, the city was settled at the foot of the mountain, in a 10- kilometers distance from Panahabad (now Shusha), the capital city of the Khanate. In the first years only khan’s family and relatives lived in the settlement, that’s why it was known as “Khanin kendi” (Khan’s village) among local people. After short time it was called Khankendi. However, Kankendi was founded for recreation purpose, from XX it started to develop as a new cultural and industrial centre of Azerbaijan.
As a result of the Second Karabakh War (27 September – 9 November 2020), Azerbaijani sovereignty was established over the city of Khankendi, and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan was restored