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...
Longevity Museum in Lerik
People who have once seen the beauties of Azerbaijani can not resist the temptation of living in the country for a time more than a vacation. This picturesque country is capturing with its diversity. Its natural beauties have turned the country into a land of longevity. One of most beautiful places of the country is located some 320 km south from Baku on the top of the Talysh Mountains. It is called Lerik. This natural recreation area is well-known among the locals.
Located not away...