Azerbaijan is often called the ‘country of fires’: the area is rich in oil and gas deposits lying close to the surface and often forming gigantic torches when breaking through it. The natural landscapes of this country are highly contrasting, while its climate makes it possible to experience all four seasons at the same time! Intricate architectural forms, grandiose sky-scrapers and original modern urban buildings performed in the European style go hand in hand with various old constructions and ancient palaces and fortresses.
The first humans inhabited the territory of present-day Azerbaijan over 1.5 million years ago. To this day we can find traces of ancient people: the Zoroastrian Ateshgah temple, the city of Shamakhi, Chukhur Gabala, Sheki and, certainly, the Gobustan archaeological reserve, famous for its numerous rock paintings, whose age ranges between 4 and 5 thousand years!
You can see an absolutely different life in Baku, the beautiful capital of Azerbaijan, the largest city in the Caucasus and the biggest Caspian port. The city abounds in attractions and historical places: the Baku Boulevard, which one cannot pass without admiration; the National Flag Square with the world’s second tallest flagpole; the Old City (Icheri Shakher) with old constructions; the Flame Towers – the tallest buildings in Azerbaijan resembling in appearance three tongues of flame; the Heydar Aliyev Centre, a most up-to-date centre for culture, whose design was recognized as the world’s best in 2014; and many others.
The amiable and friendly Azerbaijani people are hospitable, open and always willing to help, while the indescribably delicious Azerbaijani cuisine is very good for the health at that: the Caucasians are well-known to rank among the planet’s longest living peoples.
Welcome to the ‘fiery’ and amazingly contrasting Azerbaijan!