Ikinji Goshabulag

Ikinji Goshabulag was a village in the territory of the Novo-Bayazid uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Basarkechar (Vardenis) district, and present-day Gegharkunik province. It was located 8 km to the southwest of the settlement of Basarkechar (Vardenis) and near the village of Goshabulag. The village was noted as “Girkhbulag” and “Kefli” in Armenian sources.

The village was inhabited by 178 Azerbaijanis in 1897, 262 in 1908, 274 in 1914 and 244 Azerbaijanis in 1916. Along with the Azerbaijanis, the village was inhabited by Kurds too. The Azerbaijanis were massacred or had to leave the village by Armenian armed formations in 1919. After the establishment of Soviet power in present- day Armenia, a part of the inhabitants returned to their native lands. The village was inhabited by 59 Azerbaijanis in 1922. After 1923 the village inhabitants migrated to the village of Goshabulag and the village was reduced to ruins.

The toponym was coined by combining the word “gosha” meaning “a pair” and the hydronym “bulag” meaning “a spring”.