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Located on the very crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations, Azerbaijan was exposed to the influence of both of them. As a part of the greatest empires in the history of human kind, Azerbaijan was the site of the most decisive events and had seen many mighty conquerors, including Haroun al-Raschid, Chingis Khan, Pompey, and Alexander the Great.
Azerbaijan has been hosting travellers since silk worms started to spin. Azerbaijan was once a major stopover on the Great Silk Route, and there are many captivating sights to see in this ancient country - Bronze Age petroglyphs, medieval minarets and mosques, the famous carpets, unique nature. One of many republics which emerged from the former Soviet Union, Azerbaijan is probably one of the less known. When you visit the capital Baku, it becomes clear soon that this country has always been a crossroads for travellers from Europe and the East. Landmarks confirming this can be seen throughout the city. The Greeks, Persians, and so many other ancient peoples have visited and left their marks in this country.
Azerbaijan is a unique reserve of the world nature.
- 9 climatic zones out of 11 existing on the Earth: from subtropics up to high mountainous Alpine meadows
- relic woods and seacoast
- mountains, falls and rivers, lakes, hot springs and mineral sources and the only deposit of curative oil in the world.
- blue light of glaciers of the Caucasus and almost 3000 sundials per year.
There are 15 natural-historical reserves, 20 hunting ground and places for hunting in Azerbaijan. 7 rest zones are at the coast of the Caspian Sea. By the number of the reserves per each sq.km of Azerbaijan wins the first place in the world.
Azerbaijan is a country of wonderful mountain lakes. The Lakes Ghoy-gol, Nohur, Maral-gol, unique and wonderful for their beauty are hidden in the mountains of the Less and the Great Caucasus. They have been the favourite recreation places for a long time.
6000 miracles of the world: architectural-historical paradise. Memory of millennia. Fortresses of patriots. Places of the lords. Mausoleums-tombs and towers-riddles. Temples of fire, sacred falls and eternal trees of desires. 6000 monuments of art, wisdom, spirituality.
More than 6000 historical archeological object, and 65 monuments of world value, as well, have been kept up to now in Azerbaijan.