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The village founded by German colonists on the territory of present-day Shamkir in 1819 was known as Annanfeld until 1938. The district was a settlement for German colonies in the 19th century with special permission of czarist govern­ment. The settlement was also known as Anino. Houses and buildings constructed in German architectural style and tidy streets create a special atmosphere here. Pear and plane-trees are planted along the street. According to German beliefs, pear is the symbol of open attitude to work, abundance and fertility. The start of World War Two affected local Germans as well. Stalin ordered to exile them and no-one came back. The German church (1909) in the central park is still there but does not function.