Savannah Grace

Azerbaijan Photo Essay

One of the craziest natural wonders I’ve ever seen was in Azerbaijan. Azer-what-now?! Azerbaijan, yes. That was probably my exact reaction to one of the craziest country names I’d ever heard too. Azerbaijan is one of the three Caucus countries, the others are Georgia (the country) and Armenia. Azerbaijan was a delight to explore with its many little surprises. On my 16th birthday we slept on the waiting room floor at the border in Turkmenistan. The next day we caught a cargo ship across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan where we found beautiful big buildings, an old caravanserei converted into a hotel, intricately detailed palaces and 40,000 year old stone carvings! The undoubtable highlight was the mud volcanoes just outside of the capital city, Baku. I had imagined these volcanoes would be bubbling with hot mud, but strangely they are mounds of grey earth bubbling with cold, thick mud. An absolute wonder!

Azerbaijan Map

Caspian Sea

Caspian Sea voyage

Caspian Sea

Caspian Sea, leaving Turkmenistan

Baku Governments House, Baku

Baku Governments House, Baku

Baku

Our hotel in Baku though once the house of Mirzabekov brothers.

Unesco Baku

World Heritage/UNESCO site: Palace of the Shirvanshahs is the biggest monument of the Shirvan-Absheron branch of the Azerbaijan architecture, situated in the Inner City of Baku.

Palace of the Shirvanshahs

Palace of the Shirvanshahs

Baku

The building of The Municipality

Maiden Tower, Baku

World Heritage/UNESCO site: Maidens Tower, Giz Galasi, located in the Old City, Baku, in Azerbaijan, was built in the 12th century as part of the walled city.

Baku

The old walled city of Baku is a World Heritage/UNESCO site.    Some of the old wall in Baku

Baku

Baku

Seki

Seki

Seki Azerbaijan

Bus stop in Seki

Seki

Caravanserai where we stayed a couple nights. Seki

A 6th-century Caucasian Albanian church, Seki

A 6th-century Caucasian Albanian church, Seki

Sheki Khans' palace

The Palace of Shaki Khans which was a summer residence of Shaki Khans, still remains one of the most visible landmarks of Seki. Constructed in 1762 without a single nail is one of the most marvelous monuments of its epoch.

Seki

The Palace of Shaki

Seki. Papakha hats

Sheepskin hats called Papakha – Seki

Azerbaijan Mud Volcanos

Mud volcano in Gobustan

World Heritage/UNESCO site: Azerbaijan is in the first place in the world for the amount of mud volcanoes

Azerbaijan Mud Volcanos

There are about 350 of 800 volcanoes of the world in Azerbaijani Republic.

Gobustan

World Heritage/UNESCO site: Gobustan National Park. The reserve has more than 6,000 rock engravings dating back between 5,000 – 40,000 years

Gobustan National Park

Gobustan National Park

Stay tuned for more #FridayFotos. Next week is Belguim

Savannah Grace

View more photos of Azerbaijan here.

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