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Our Iconic Destinations
 
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    Absheron

    If you look at the map of Azerbaijan, then you will see that its outlines seems like a bird flying to the sea. "Beak" of this bird – is the Absheron peninsula.

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    Baku


    Being the oldest center of the world oil industry, Baku has transformed into a large modern city, taking its own inimitable appearance within a short period. This rapidly developing city is becoming a desirable place for work and life,  leisure and entertainment, and more. And it's ambitious enough to attract big businesses and foreign investment.

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    Gabala

    Gabala, also known as the "Azerbaijani Switzerland", is considered a popular tourist destination. It boasts of a combination of  very good spring climate, woods along the mountains and excellent fauna. Gabala also has a large numbers of hotels and apartments in city.

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    Ganja

    Ganja - one of the most interesting and famous cities of Azerbaijan. Located at the foot of the Lesser Caucasus. Ganja city is known as the capital of the Ganja Khanate and has an ancient nickname as the "city of treasures."

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    Gusar

    Most of Azerbaijan's scenic highlights lie in the spectacular, snow-capped Caucasus mountains or their luxuriantly forested foothills. As the cold winter sets in each year, Gusar is one of the first regions of Azerbaijan to get a thick blanket of snow.

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    Ismailli

    Located on the southern mountain slopes of Big Caucasus, surrounded by forests and mountains, drowning in greens, the Ismailli district is one of the most beautiful areas of Azerbaijan.

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    Lankaran

    Lankaran district is located Southeast of Azerbaijan, at Lankaran terrain, spreading out on tens of kilometers of land. Local people refer to the town as simply Lenkor. Everything in Lenkor is absolutely fascinating. From the nature, sea, cuisine, communication and even the people. The town has managed to preserve the manners of a khanate capital to present day.

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    Lerik

    Lerik is located at the foot of the Talysh Mountains. Its nature is so amazing that will keep you away from civilization while you stay there... 

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    Naftalan

    Naftalan is a unique resort city on western Azerbaijan, where  world's only oil field treatment can be found. The city is named for the eponymous deposit of naftalan - A liquid similar to the industrial oil but has medicinal properties.

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    Sheki

    Sheki district is one of the most interesting, original and beautiful areas of Azerbaijan. Administrative district center is Sheki city located at the picturesque southern slopes of Big Caucasian Ridge on the background of white snow tops. It's one of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan.

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    Zaqatala

    The beautiful city of Zaqatala is a natural tourist destination, with its verdant mountains, friendly people, and liberal atmosphere. Azerbaijan's hazelnut capital has a lovely location at the confluence of wide mountain rivers descending steeply from the high Caucasus Mountains.

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    Shahdag Ski Resort

    Winter adventures in Shahdag Ski Resort begin in December

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    Tufandag Winter and Summer Resort

    Tufandag, whose name translates to Blizzard Mountain, lies on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus, just 4 km north of Qabala.

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    Lahij - mountainous cradle of brilliant craftsmanship

    A day spent in this town, which is far away from civilization, will take you back to the good old days when everything was more hearty and soulful.

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    Nakhchivan

    Nakhchivan is populated by beautiful, kind people who were able to convey to us the breath of centuries-old culture. Nakhchivan translates as "Colony of Noah" – the Noah of the  old Testament fame. Separated from the motherland, it's small but characterful territory on the slopes of the Lesser Caucasus mountains.

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Do You Know

  • Formula 1 Grand Prix
    2016 saw Azerbaijan become the latest addition to the Formula One calendar, with capital city Baku hosting what many claimed to be the fastest street circuit of the season, on a layout designed by renowned F1 track architect Hermann Tilke. Today, with a unique, narrow and ultra-high speed street layout Baku has become a long-term feature of forthcoming Formula 1 seasons.
  • Burning Mountain Yanardag
    That another beautiful wonder of the world is the Burning Mountain Yanardag in Azerbaijan. Yanardag is a mountain near Baku, the Capital of Azerbaijan. Yanardag continuously vents flames of fires all year round a process that has been going on for over 1000 years. Natural gas vents on the sides of the mountains make sure that the flames don’t subdue inspite of rain.
  • highest world’s flag-post
    That the Flag-post of Azerbaijan State Flag is the highest world’s flag-post! This was confirmed by Guinness World Records in May 2010. The height of the supporting block erected in 20000 m² land is 162 m, the diameter of the foundation is 3.2 m, the diameter of the top surface – 1.09 m. The width of the Flag is 35 m, length – 70 m, total area is 2450 m² and weighs – 350 kg.
  • Baku Multinational City
    That Baku is one of the biggest multinational cities in the world. For centuries people from more than 50 nations continue making Baku their home. These people include - Azerbaijanis, Russians, Ukrainians, Byelorussians, Georgians, Jews, Lezghins, Tatars, Germans, Polishs, Greeks, Turks, Tats, Talish and representatives of other nationalities and other ethnic groups.
  • Mud Volcanoes
    That Azerbaijan is considered as a homeland of mud volcanoes. Azerbaijan ranks first in the world in the number of mud volcanoes. Mud volcanoes are originally related to oil and gas fields. At the international competition of Swiss non-profit organization of the "Seven Wonders of Nature", The largest mud volcanoes on the territory of Azerbaijan took 5th place. The mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan are also listed in the Guinness Book.
  • Naftalan Oil
    That the Nafthalan oil is the only oil in the world for medical features.The deposit is situated 50 km away from the Ganja city of Azerbaijan. Nafthalan oil is famous in the world as the exclusive means with healing properties of bone, joint, skin, gynecological and urological diseases, nervousness, skin diseases, liver diseases, rheumatic joints, and soft tissues outside of the support apparatus.
  • Salty Mountain
    That the only Salty Mountain in the world is found in the south region of Azerbaijan. The Salty Mountain is famous both for it's pure salt and healing peculiarities. It's natural resources make 90 million tonnes. The salt was extracted here 6 thousand years ago. Before world-wide known “Silk Way” there was “Salt Way” extending from Nakhchivan to the countries of Middle East. Azerbaijan operates the World's Famous Salt Mountain Physiotherapy Center.
  • Caspian Sea
    That the Caspian Sea. World’s largest inland body of water with a surface area of 371,000 km² (143,000 sq. m.), also borders Azerbaijan. The Caspian Sea has the characteristics common to both - sea and lake! It has been listed as the world's largest lake, though it is not a freshwater lake. The Caspian Sea is a unique ecological system with rich natural resources, which include mineral, biological, agro-climatical, balneological, and recreational components.
  • Caspian Seal
    That the smallest seals in the World Ocean known as pinnipeds are an endemic species spread only in the Caspian Sea, bordering Azerbaijan. These seals, also known as the Caspian Seals are the only specimen of the pinnipeds listed in the Guinness Book Records and the “Red Book” of International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Ashabi-Kahf
    That the Ashabi-Kahf, one of the world's rare sanctuaries is found in Azerbaijan. Ashabi-Kahf is located in the natural cave between Ilandag and Nahajir Mountains, approximately 12 km away from the city of Nakhchivan of Azerbaijan. Acquaintance with the structure, the natural geographical conditions of the cave allows one to say, that Ashabi-Kahf was one of the world’s early settlements.
  • ironwood Demiragach
    That the wonder of nature ironwood Demiragach is growing in the south region of Azerbaijan. Ironwood Demiragach is one of the rare plants of the World. The Ironwood Demiragach tree neither burns in the fire nor sinks. Interestingly enough, It is impossible to drive a nail into this tree. The lifespan of this tree growing in the Talysh woods in Azerbaijan is more than 200 years.
  • Sheikh Safi Carpet
    That the most beautiful example of ornamental weaving is the"Ardebyl Carpet" or the "Sheikh Safi Carpet". This Carpets was woven in Tabriz, Azerbaijan in 1539 by the request of Sephevi Monarch Tahmasib I for Ardebil Mosque. The carpet of 56,12 sq.m. size was considered the largest carpet in the world for a long time, and is stored in "Victoria and Albert" Museum in London.
  • Shirali Muslimov
    That one of the long-lived inhabitants of the world (168 years)Shirali Muslimov was an Azeri. He was born in Barzavu village of Lerik region in 1805 and died in 1973. Shirali Muslumov was married 3 times and had 23 children. In 1966 Azerbaijani film studio shot a documentary film about him “Shirali descended from the mountain”. He became a father to a beautiful daughter at the age of 136. He was listed in Guinness Book Records for longevity.
  • Mugham Center
    That Baku, the Capital of Azerbaijan Houses the first and the only, world International Mugam Center. The building has a unique design and brings to mind one of the ancient beautiful musical instruments of Azerbaijan - the "Tar". Materials and equipment used for the building and construction of this state-of-the art Monument was imported from Italy, Austria, France and Turkey.
  • Azerbaijan Oil
    FACTS ABOUT AZERBAIJAN OIL. The first reliable information about oil extraction on the Absheron Peninsula, where Baku is located, dates back to the 7th and 8th centuries. At that time, the oil was taken primarily by very primitive or natural ways. In the 10th century, the Arabian traveler, Marudee, reported that both white and black oil were being extracted naturally from Baku. But as the demand for oil increased, people looked for new ways to extract the oil. It was in Azerbaijan that the first oil extraction took place. In Balakhany, one of the districts of Baku, there is a 35 meters deep well with a carved stone at the bottom. It was dug out in 1594 by a skilled workman named Mamed Nuroghlu . A Russian scientist Gemlin who visited Baku in 1771 and mine-engineer Voscoboynikov in 1827 researched and described these wells and their technology. By the end of the 19th century, Baku's fame as the "Black Gold Capital" had spread throughout of the world.

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