Nestled on the shores of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan is a country of contrasts and bewildering beauty. Azerbaijan was a meeting point of ancient empires and a place where rural villages uphold ancient traditions, but it's also an emerging and rapidly changing country, reborn after years of conflict and life behind the Soviet Iron Curtain. It's now an oil-rich nation making its mark on the 21st century architectural scene. The country’s diverse terrain combines desert, mountains and landlocked sea. This ancient silk road and cross-roads between Europe and Asia will leave curious single travellers spellbound.
Land Of Fire
Silk Road & Soviet Era
Baku’s UNESCO-listed medieval centre fringed by state-of-the-art 21st century architecture, together tell the story of the capital’s chequered past. The ancient Muhammad Mosque and Palace of the Shirvanshahs, built in the 11th and 15th centuries respectively, in the heart of the city, will transport you back in time. The Flame Towers dominate the city’s skyline and the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid is another significant and beautiful modern building.
Azerbaijan’s state emblem features a red flame, the country has long been referred to as the ‘Land of Fire’. This connection can be traced through the centuries with Roman and Byzantine accounts of perpetually burning flames across the country’s landscape. Rich natural gas resources explain this phenomenon, gas escaping through rock fissures ignites. Today on the Absheron Peninsular, the Yanar Dag is a continuously blazing hillside whilst Baku Ateshgah, the Fire Temple of Baku, a Hindu and Zoroastrian place of worship had an eternal natural flame burning until 1969.
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