Azerbaijan Travel Guide - Totally Unique Experience
Azerbaijan Travel Guide - Totally Unique Experience
Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus and variously considered part of Europe or Asia. The country lies on the Caspian Sea. It borders Russia and Georgia to the north, Armenia to the west, and Iran in the south. Through the autonomous exclave of Nakhchivan, which lies between Armenia and Iran, Azerbaijan also shares a short border with Turkey.
Azerbaijan Different regions and cities :
Absheron Economic Region
Aran Economic Region
Azerbaijan is known for having nine of the 11 defined ecological zones. Much of the country is temperate year-round. Nation-wide the average temperature for the year is 14-15°C (57-59°F). The Caucasus Mountains protect the country from the Arctic air masses that affect Russia in winter while the Caspian Sea shields it from the hot, dry air of Central Asia in the summer.
Cabbage, grape leaves, and eggplant wrapped meat (kelem, yarpaq, badimjan - dolmasi), kabab (kebab), rice with different variety of toppings (plov - It is said that plov is the king of Azerbaijani cuisine), gutabs and meatballs (kufta) are some of the several specialties of Azerbaijan.
Some local drinks include ayran (a yogurt drink based on sour milk) and sherbet (made from rose petals or saffron). There are also different sorts of quite decent wines produced from local grapes and a wide array of mineral waters from natural springs. In some areas of Azerbaijan the markets offer lemonades (limonat/dushes) made from pears or taragon.
There is a good selection of hotels in Baku, including many Western chains, but options elsewhere in the country are limited. Prices for the hotels start from USD60 and higher. Rental apartments might be a good choice as they are cheaper than hotels and sometimes are even more comfortable.
A lot to see in Azerbaijan such as :
Palace of the Shirvanshahs
Gobustan National Park
Heydar Aliyev Center
Ateshgah of Baku
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum
Fountains Square, Baku
Palace of Shaki Khans
Mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan
Baku Museum of Miniature Books
Nizami Museum of Azerbaijani Literature
Baku Museum of Modern Art
Diri Baba Mausoleum
National History Museum of Azerbaijan
Juma Mosque, Shamakhi
Azerbaijan National Art Museum
Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater
Momine Khatun Mausoleum
Taza Pir Mosque
Amburan Beach Club
Baku Ferris Wheel
Dalga Beach Aquapark Resort
Absheron National Park
Palace of Happiness
Megafun Entertainment Center
Tufandag Mountain Resort
Göygöl National Park
Azerbaijan is well know as a tourist destination because of the variety of places you can enjoy while you are visiting Azerbaijan. Through a series of videos we will try to show you recommended places to visit in Azerbaijan
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Azerbaijan/Şəki (Palace of the Sheki Khans) Part 24
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Şəki-Palace of the Sheki Khans:
The Palace of Shaki Khans (Azerbaijani: Şəki xanlarının sarayı) in Shaki, Azerbaijan was a summer residence of Shaki Khans. It was built in 1797 by Muhammed Hasan Khan.
Khansarai (Palace of the Sheki Khans),This palace, along with the Caravansarai, is one of Sheki's true must-sees. During the city's period of independence as the Sheki Khanate, Khan Hussein constructed the palace, its gardens, and fortifications to serve as the summer palace of the Sheki Khans. The palace is exquisite, inside and out, and the courtyard boasts panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountain forests. Entry is by guided tour only, and photos are not permitted. You are given plastic coveres for your shoes. The tour takes around 15 minutes. Nearby is a rather basic and overpriced musuem, housed in an pretty old church.The Palace of Shaki Khans was nominated for List of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO in 1998 by Gulnara Mehmandarova president of Azerbaijan Committee of ICOMOS—International Council on Monuments and Sites.
Along with its pool and plane trees, the summer residence is the only remaining structure from the larger palatial complex inside the Sheki Khans' Fortress, which once included a winter palace, residences for the Khan's family and servants' quarters. It features decorative tiles, fountains and several stained-glass windows. The exterior was decorated with dark blue, turquoise and ochre tiles in geometric patterns and the murals were coloured with tempera and were inspired by the works of Nizami Ganjavi.
Measuring thirty-two meters by eight and a half meters on the exterior, the summer residence is a two-story masonry structure elongated on the north-south axis and covered with a wooden hipped roof with long eaves. The layout of both floors is identical; three rectangular rooms are placed in a row, separated by narrow, south-facing iwans that provide access to the rooms. The floors are accessed separately to accommodate their public and private functions. Entered from the south through the two iwans, the ground floor was used primarily by clerks and petitioners. Two stairways attached to the northern façade gave access to the first floor, which was reserved for the khan's family and their guests.
The summer residence is renowned for the lavish decoration of its exterior and interior. Large portions of the residence's facade, including the entire southern elevations of the central halls on both floors, are covered by a mosaic of colored glass set in a wooden latticework (shebeke) that was assembled without nails or glue. Muqarnas hoods crowning the four iwans are highlighted with gold on the lower level and covered with mirror fragments on the first floor. Remaining surfaces on all façades are decorated with floral tile panels and tile mosaics.
The interior walls of the residence are covered entirely with frescoes painted at different times during the eighteenth century. Many of the frescoes feature flowers in vases, while a series of paintings on the first floor halls depict hunting and battle scenes. Signatures on frescoes list the names of artists Ali Kuli, Kurban Kuli and Mirza Jafar from Shemaha, Usta Gambar from Shusha, and Abbas Kuli, who may also have been the architect of the summer residence.Wikipedia
Caving in Azerbaijan
Azərbaycanda mağaraçılıq, ilk mağara ekspedisiyası
first cave in my life, caving in Sangachal.
Nagorno Karabach - Shusha - Ashaghi Govhar Agha Mosque
Ashaghi Govhar Agha Mosque (Azerbaijani: Aşağı Gövhər ağa məscidi) is an Azerbaijani mosque located in Shusha, Karabakh region of Azerbaijan about 350 km from capital Baku but is currently under control of Armenian forces since the occupation of Shusha on May 8, 1992.
The Ashaghi Govhar Agha means The Lower Govhar Agha Mosque in Azerbaijani language referring to location of the mosque in the lower section of Shusha town and to distinguish it from the Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque, the same-name mosque located in upper section of the town. Both mosques are considered symbols of Shusha and masterpieces of Eastern architecture. Construction of Ashaghi Govhar Agha Mosque was completed with orders of Govhar Agha, daughter of Ibrahim Khalil Khan of Karabakh Khanate approximately 8 years before the Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque was built. The difference between the Ashaghi Govhar Agha with Yukhari Govhar Agha is that the minarets of the former mosque are located in the corners of the rear facade unlike the Yukhari Govhar Agha mosque where the minarets are on the front facade.
Nagorno Karabakh - Artsakh
Nagorno-Karabakh (or Artsakh) is a landlocked region of Armenia in the South Caucasus. Discover its marvels !
On the way : Stepanakert, Azokh Caves, Skhtorashen, Shushi, Hunot Canyon, Hovanots (Umbrella falls), Gandzasar.
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Bakı, Baki, Баку, Baku Azerbaijan
Afghan Mujaheddin Fighting for Azerbaijan in Karabakh War
Yerkir Media probes the issue of Afghan Mujaheddin fighting alongside Azeri forces in the Karabakh war. This report probes the beginnings of the Afghan involvement and traces their efforts on behalf of the Azeris agains the Armenian population of Artsakh
Agdam. The Ghost Town
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Song “Town 2” performed by Anthesteria
Free Republic of Artsakh Welcomes Everybody (Nagorno-Karabakh)
This is a short video that will allow you to get a general idea about the free republic of Artsakh! Two words - Heaven on Earth!
Poor Armenia - From Sochi to Yerevan (2014)
Armenia, one of the most isolated countries of the Caucasus and therefore completely dependent on Russia. The border with Turkey is closed because of the Armenian genocide, which took place a hundred years ago and is still not recognized by the Turks. With Azerbaijan, the borders are closed because of the Nagorno-Karabakh area, which is now in Armenian hands, but there is still being shot at over and over again. No wonder Armenia is one of the poorest countries in the Caucasus, a relic from Soviet times.
Original title: Achter de bergen van Sotsji
Jelle Brandt Corstius goes looking for answers in The Mountains Behind Sochi. In this six-episode series he travels from Sochi in Russia through the Caucasus. Far from political power games and war intrigues, he visits remote mountain villages and meets proud peoples with a strong desire to be independent.
Directed by: Hans Pool
Presented by: Jelle Brandt Corstius
Sound: Alex Tugushin
Edit: Matthieu Hes, Obbe Verwer
Research: Julia Ochetova, Maya Topuridze
Editor: Karen de Bok
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