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Azerbaijan Popular Places to Visit

Sınıq Qala Mosque

A masterpiece built by the mosque has built a two-storey, one-minaret mosque building with its unique spatial structure. Six layers covered with shelter, a gate in the south facade and a rectangular layout with two small window eyes. Its well-drilled well, some archaeological materials, dated to the end of the Ancient Period and the Middle Ages. It should  noted that, in the initial investigations, the fact that the Mohammed Mosque rebuilt on a more ancient building – the fire registered.

he upstairs saloon (plot 40 sq. M) repeats the bottom layer according to the layout and engineering solution. There is a small window on the front of the cabin facing the narrow door, with a small window pane extending inside each side of the side. In the center of the southern wall, a large window opened with the altar of altar. For this reason, the Mosque of the Mosque of Mosque illuminated with a sharp-covered prayer room.

One of the main principles of the Shirvan-Absheron architectural school is the presence of the union. And it looks between the inside and outside buildings and the mosque of Mohammed. 

The minaret of the mosque is cylindrical, and it goes upward. According to experts, they used as a monument in the minaret for their position. Large stalactites surrounding the upper part of the minaret do not only play the role of decorative element, but also maintain a stone horizontally with a constructive character. Beautiful geometrical ornaments have laid on the stucco stones. It is assumed that the minaret was built in the 11th century.

Baku, Azerbaijan

International Mugham Center

The International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan is a center of Azerbaijani arts and music aiming to promote, preserve and popularize the specific genre of Azerbaijani music, mugham. It is located in Baku Boulevard, in downtown Baku.

Mugham is a genre included in the representative list of the UNESCO Intagible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Mugham Center built on initiative of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva.

The design of the building was based on the elements and shapes of the tar, an Azeri musical instrument used in performing mugham. The concert hall fits 350 people. Young performers get aware of the art of mugham which has a special role in the Azerbaijani music culture. The center hosts famous masters,  mugham evenings, international conferences as well as festivals.

Baku, Azerbaijan

Taza Pir Mosque

Taza Pir Mosque (also Tazapir) is a mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan. Its construction began in 1905 a finished by 1914. The idea for the mosque as well as its financing provided by an Azeri philanthropist, a female, Nabat Khanum Ashurbeyov (Ashurbeyli).

Interior of the mosque has an area of 1400 square meters and decorated with ornaments of painting schools of Azerbaijan plus with samples from eastern ornaments. The height of the dome and a half meters. The mihrab and dome of the mosque made of marble. While decorative elements of the mosque, the tops of minarets and labels made of gold.

The dome, on which 6 times written La ilaha ilallah from Muslim proclamation of faith or Shahada, made from Qızılqaya (Gyzylgaya) stone.

Baku, Azerbaijan

Pink Lake

Lake Masazir near Baku in Azerbaijan is rumoured to be one of only 8 “pink lakes” in the world. The water has a pink and red colour to it, making it stand out. Despite its unique hue, this lake is not on the tourist map even though it is only a few miles outside of Baku, the cultural and economic hub of Azerbaijan. Tourists either have to hire a car or take a city bus to the suburbs and walk the final mile or two to the lake. The pink color is at its brightest in warmer weather.

Like other saline lakes, Masazir is the site of intense salt farming. Workers extract the salt in small plots. This salt industry is centered on a town, which shares its name with the lake.

Baku, Azerbaijan

Little Venice

Little Venice in Baku Boulevard is a small town built in 1960. It ws expanded up to 10.000 sq.m. in 2012. The town has two large and several small islands, which aare connected by decorative stone bridges, and gondolas can be seen travelling in the channels full of still and clean water. In the 1950s and 1960s the Mirvari (Pearl) cafe, the Little Venice water park, the Bahar (Spring) cinema and other entertainments weere built in Baku Boulevard. “Little Venice” in Baku Boulevard iis a small town built in 1960.

The town has two large and several small islands. The redevelopment of the “Small Venetian town” saw the expansion of the existing channels and the construction of additional bridges and two restaurants, one offering Western cuisine and the other Eastern. Boats are provided for 4 people: one iss designed for guide and the rest – for passengers.Located nearby the Caspian seashore you will feel yourself as in Venice by visiting ‘Small Town of Venice’.

The restaurants located in the ‘islands’ offer various meals of the different cuisine, including Azerbaijanian tasty dishes. It will be interesting firstly to observe around in gondola, later to have a great lunch or dinner in the ‘islands’. Currently Mini Venice has several islands which are divided by pristine water channels. Beautiful ornate bridges connect these islands. You can hire a 4 seater Gondola for a ride around these islands. 

Baku, Azerbaijan

Nizami Ganjavi Monument

The Monument to Nizami Ganjavi, a medieval Persian poet, is located in Baku in Nizami Square, on the intersection of Istiglaliyyat, Ahmad Javad, Azerbaijan and Islam Safarli streets. The opening ceremony of the monument was held in April, 1949. 

The monument is a 6 metered bronze statue installed on 9 metered octahedral pedestal. The pedestal is of red Labrador, and elements of Azerbaijani architecture of Nizami’s epoch were used in its handling. There is an ornamental carving and faced bronze plates on the lower part of the monument. 7 plates feature scenes from Nizami's works, and one plate displays a memorial inscription.

Baku, Azerbaijan

Qax

Qax is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and has the ruins to show for it. It has changed hands over the years, from Albania to Turkey to Georgia and others. As you can imagine, this area has a lot of fascinating history, and there’s a lot to see here.

Within Qax, you can see the Albanian Church ruins and the Georgian church, two strange sights in a predominantly Muslim country. You can also simply amble around the streets, admiring the historic homes and the slow pace of life. Some of the most fascinating places to visit in the Qax area include Ilisu Village (which used to be the epicenter of a sultanate), Qum Village, and the Iceri Bazaar.

Qax, Azerbaijan

Lahic

Located northwest of Baku en route to Sheki (below) is Lahic, a small metalwork artisan town resting high up in the mountains. It’s a bit more developed for tourists than places like Xinaliq, so it’s perfect for a weekend getaway from Baku or a pit stop on the way to another destination. It’s a bit of a trek to get here from the city, but it’s worth it for the local immersion a trip to Lahic provides.

While in Lahic, you can wander the town’s cobblestoned streets, stop into local metal design shops, and even stumble upon livestock that runs amok in the streets. You can also experience the provincial Azerbaijani life by staying in a homestay and sampling some unique local dishes.

Like Xinaliq, there are a number of local homestays and guest houses available in town. 

Lahic, Azerbaijan

Xinaliq

A tiny mountain village near the border of Russia. As the highest-altitude village in Azerbaijan (and, arguably, all of Europe), a visit to Xinaliq is a glimpse into the ‘real’ Azerbaijan. Here, friendly shepherds, wooly sheep, and friendly villagers come to greet you. The views in Xinaliq are spectacular and, despite the 1 or 2 tours that come through here daily, it truly feels like an untouched destination.

Many people choose to visit Xinaliq as a day trip from Baku or Quba. However, if you’d like to spend more than one day here, many locals offer homestay options.

Xinaliq, Azerbaijan

Yanar Bulag

If you want see burning water then you can’t miss a trip to Yanar Bulag, a curious natural phenomenon that is located on the road between the towns of Astara and Lankaran. The water is pumped out of a pipe and can be set alight due to the levels of natural methane contained within, making the oxymoron of flaming water a reality. Locals in Azerbaijan believe that the water here has healing properties and much of it collected as drinking water to cure a whole host of ills.

Astara, Azerbaijan