BAYAZET (now called Doğubeyazıt) is a town on the north-west of Turkey. On 17(29) April 1877, during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, it was taken by the Russian troops. Starting from 6(18) June, the Russian defensive garrison (around 1650 people) headed by the colonel I. Khan Nakhichevansky fearlessly sustained a 23-day siege of the Turkish troops (up to 12 thousand people). The siege was broken on June, 28 (10/07) by the Erivan body of the Russian troops.
“At the end of the 14th century, about ten years after the occupation of the Cilician Armenian Kingdom by the Mamelukes, the new destroyer Tamerlane flashed as a tornado through Greater Armenia, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, and Russia”,- Giovanni Guaita writes in his book “1700 years of loyalty” (History of Armenia and its Church).