September 10, 2010

Discovering Shemakha, Azerbaijan

Hi blogger,

today we will discover Shemakha, in Azerbaijan together with our Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate Gulnara Safarova from Baku (Azerbijan), who wrote us:

“I would like to tell about Shemakha. Shamakhs-old Azerbaijani town with a population of 43,000 inhabitants. Shemakha is a city of my ancestors. They were born and brought my grandfather and grandmother. Despite the fact that I go there very often, I love this city.

The town is situated at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level in the southern part of the Greater Caucasus, on the road Baku – Tbilisi, 122 km west of Baku and 72 km.north-east of the railway station Kurdamir, in the valley Pirsagat.

Shamakha rich mountain forests and meadows, is located in areas of moderate humidity. Most of this area is a resort area with numerous springs of mountain water.

Shemakha – it is also a recognized center of winemaking and carpet weaving. And yet, this is a literary city, is home of  many of the poets.

By the way, located near Shemakha an amazing place called Pirguli, famous for its snow. It is one of the few places in Azerbaijan where you can enjoy an active winter recreation: skiing and snowboarding.


Astronomical observatory

Also in Pirguli is an observatory. They say that in Shamakha the weather is  cloudless for 300 days a year. So in the mountains of Pirguli they built an astronomical observatory, very well known even far outside Azerbaijan.

The main attraction of the city is the fortress of Gulistan (XI-XII cc.) – the last refuge of  Shirvanshakhs, built to defend the borders of the city. No less interesting mausoleum is the Yeddi-Gumbez (Seven Domes) with numerous graves ruins of buildings from the X-XVII centuries.”

One of the Seven Domes: Yeddi-Gumbez

Baba Dervish

Juma Mosque

Old tomb stones

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