Bash Gozaldere

Bash Gozaldere was a village in territory of the Novo-Bayazid uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Garanlig (Martuni) district, and present-day Gegharkunik province. It was located near Lake Goycha, next to the Gozaldere River and at the foot of Gozaldere Mountain. The village was also called “Yukhari Gozaldere”.

Armenians were settled in the village having been removed from Türkiye after 1828. Along with the Armenians, the village was inhabited by 108 Azerbaijanis in 1897.

The toponym was coined by combining the word “bash” meaning “upper” which denotes a distinctive feature and the words “gozal” and “dere”. Later, the village of Bash Gozaldere was abolished and its inhabitants were removed to the village of Ashaghi Gozaldere.