Azerbaijan Tourist Attractions
Azerbaijan has many interesting museums, each one focused on highlighting a different part of Azerbaijani history, culture and literature.
The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum is a treasury of Azerbaijani national culture. Its collection includes about 14 000 traditional carpets, embroideries, costumes, copper artworks, jewellery art, as well as contemporary works of glass, wood, and felt.
The State Museum of Azerbaijani Musical Culture collects and preserves materials related to the history of the Azerbaijani music. It houses thousands of national and historical musical instruments, as well as original manuscripts and sheet music from some of Azerbaijan’s most famous composers and musicians.
Other museums: azerbaijan.travel
The Temple of Fire
Built on the site of a now-exhausted natural gas field, this area has long been revered by various faith’s over the centuries for the spontaneous and mystical fires that erupted. Although pilgrims have been coming to the site since the middle ages, the temple in its current state was erected in the 18th Century. The site was abandoned when the natural gas yield ceased and the fires stop, interpreted as punishment from the gods.
Today the temple is a popular tourist attraction, and a national treasure.
Website: www.ateshgahtemple.az (not in English)
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Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape covers three areas of rocky boulders, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art.
The site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the period that followed the last Ice Age, to the Middle Ages.
The site, which covers an area of 537 ha, is part of the larger protected Gobustan Reservation.
Icherisheher – the Old City - is the pearl of the Azerbaijan nation, and a source of pride for every Azeri citizen. Even though its area is only 22 hectares in size, it contains hundreds of historical monuments.
Read more: www.icherisheher.gov.az
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Icheri Sheher:
Walled City of Baku with the Maiden tower and Shirvanshakhs Palace
Read more: whc.unesco.org