7 Secrets of the Absheron
Despite increasing development in recent decades, the 30 plus villages of the Absheron peninsula still harbour some of Azerbaijan’s most compelling history, culture and tradition, a collective legacy of the fire-worshipping Indians, Swedish entrepreneurs, Bolshevik revolutionaries, misplaced poets, avant-garde artists, and many more of the diverse peoples to have settled here over the years. What’s more, for those based in Baku and without their own transport, the Absheron, occupying...
White Winter Weekends
Azerbaijan has two 21st-century resorts. Both are named for (but not actually on) locally famous mountains. Shahdag Resort is on the lower slopes of Heydar Aliyev Peak around 30km west of Qusar. Tufandag Resort is on the northern edge of Qabala. The two aren’t really competitors – they’re very different animals, each with their own attractions, indeed it has even been mooted that one day they might even be linked by a thrilling network of lifts and pistes that essentially cross...
Six Scenic Day Trips from Baku
Whether you’re living in Baku full time or just visiting on a short business or tourist trip, there’s no shortage of things to do around town. But if you’re like me, sometimes you just want a break from the urban hustle and bustle. Azerbaijan is a delightfully small country which means it’s possible to get anywhere within its borders in no more than five or six hours. For those with little time to spare, there are plenty of quiet destinations within a three-hour radius, a...
Azerbaijan: The Land of Fire
Today, we would like to talk about a miraculous country of Azerbaijan with its unlimited natural resources, centuries-old culture, history and ancient people, whose lifestyle presents a unique and harmonious combination of the traditions and ceremonies of different cultures and civilizations.
Azerbaijan is a geographical name. On the one hand this name is linked with the population, which lived in this region for thousand of years before our era, and who were mostly fire-worshippers. Local popu...
Baku: The Capital City of Azerbaijan
Baku is the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It is a large scientific, cultural and industrial center. Ancient foundations, a large area and population all make Baku one of the oldest and largest cities in the East. Baku is situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea in the south of the Absheron peninsula. It covers an area of 2,200 square km and has a population of 5 million.
People have lived and founded their settlements in Baku city and the Absheron peninsula since ancient time...
Best Tour Company in Azerbaijan: 3 things to do before You decide on choosing the tour in Azerbaijan
Best Tour Company in Azerbaijan: Tours are great way to explore Azerbaijan in a defined time. Even it is a small country for its area, there are more than 1700 travel & tour companies in Azerbaijan. The main reason of so many large numbers of tour companies in Azerbaijan is that there is no need to have an authorized tourism license to operate as a travel company in Azerbaijan since 2015. So we hope this post is going to be helpful and effective to choose the best tour company in Azerbaijan...
Ateshgah fire temple Baku
One of the most interesting and peculiar historical monuments near Baku is the fire temple of Indian fire-worshippers, called Ateshgah. It is located on a flat area not far from the sea, to the south-east of the village of Surakhani on the Absheron Peninsula; it is currently surrounded by oil fields on all sides. The cells and the temple were constructed at different times between the 17th and 19th centuries.
The cells were enclosed within a surrounding wall at the end of the 18th century. At...
Yanar Dag Burning Mountain in Baku
Enigmatic ‘fire mountain’ in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, a country with ancient and rich history located on the crossroads of the East and West and often called the Land of Fire, is attractive for tourists due to its unique places, resources and traditions.
Yanar Dag or the Fire Mountain is one of the magically attractive sites, which surprises and enchants visitors. It seems like a brilliant sparkling on the mountain surface.
People have always regarded the magnificent view of Yanar D...
Gobustan National Park
Gobustan National Park officially Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is a hill and mountain site occupying the southeast end of the Greater Caucasus mountain ridge. It is located west of the settlement of Gobustan, about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Baku city centre on the west bank of the Caspian Sea.
In 1966, Gobustan was declared a national historical landmark of Azerbaijan in an attempt to preserve the ancient carvings, relics, mud volcanoes and gas-stones in the region. In 2007 Go...
Mud Volcanoes in Baku
Mud volcanoes are some of the most unique natural phenomenon on Earth. They are active, impressive and definitely worth seeing. Indicating the presence of energy resources reserves hidden deep beneath land and sea in the Caspian region, their eruption reveals the existence of large oil and gas basins. Azerbaijan or as it is called here the Land of Fire has the highest number of mud volcanoes in the world. Some 350 out of over 1,000 mud volcanoes in the world are located here.
Heydar Aliyev Center
Many of those who happened to see the design of the Heydar Aliyev Center for the first time had hard times to believe that such a project might ever come true. In fact, even in theory, the erection of the building of a such extraordinary design looked far from being anyhow realistic.
Construction of the Center’s facility was launched in 2007 and completed on May 10, 2012, to celebrate the National Leader’s 89th anniversary. Recognized as one of the world’s masterpiec...
Candy Cane Mountains
The Candy Cane Mountains are a psychedelic, red-pink and white striped area of exposed rock in the Northwest of Azerbaijan. Iron in the ground gives the mountains their deep red color and powdery shale makes up the white parts. Through a geological process, they’ve mixed together underground, layer on top of layer, and when exposed to the elements, they eroded into a beautiful, completely bizarre sight.
Despite being such a striking natural wonder, almost no one visits t...
The best preserved castle of the Caspian Shore Defensive Constructions is Chiraggala which is located in the Devenchy region, in the Chirag village.
This castle, built on the tallest rock, allows you to see the remote places of ancient Shirvan, but also has very good defense capabilities. In terms of architecture, Chiragqala is a rare art pearl. Chiraggala consists of seventeen constellations, including the central fortress. It's in rectangular shape. The castle is mainly built...
Five Finger Mountain: Besh Barmag Dag
The mystical mountain with 'five fingers' in Azerbaijan
Five Finger Mountain: Besh Barmag Dag is a holly place and important pilgrimage site for people from all over Azerbaijan. At the foothill of the mountain there is a mosque where many vehicles stop to donate money, and on the way to the top there is another holly place where for a small donation pilgrims receive a personal blessing usually performed by whispering prayers and having their shoulders touched a few times with a stone. Most o...
The most interesting facts about Baku
On internet You can find many posts about the most interesting facts about Baku, but here we chose the ones that TES team things are the most fascinating facts:
1. Ancient names of Baku:
Ateshi Baquan, meaning “God’s fire”
Bād-kube, meaning "Wind-pounded city"
Baghkuy, meaning "God's town".
In later sources the city was named as Bakukh, Bakuya, Bakuye and Baku. Nowadays, Azerbaijan is using the Latin alphabet, and it is spelled as "Bakı" [bɑˈc...