7 reasons to visit Azerbaijan once in your life
Land of Fire
Right in the name "Azerbaijan", Azer is originally from Persian with the meaning of "fire". Since ancient times, the people of this land have worshiped fire and built temples around eternal fires burned by the huge source of natural gas underground.
Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest religious religions, originated in Azerbaijan with Ateshgah temple - once an important mecca located on the outskirts of the capital Baku. Today, fire is still part of this country's symbol, demonstrating that the Flame Towers were completed in 2012 in Baku.
The modern Flame Towers, the luxurious Government House, medieval castles and temples are scattered in the city of Baku. The buildings in this capital are a combination of medieval architecture and Azerbaijan Islam. Europeans came to Baku in the 19th century because of oil, building buildings with gothic and baroque architecture in the old city.
Nature lovers cannot miss the opportunity to explore Azerbaijan, from the magnificent Caucasus range stretching across the north of this country, to the Caspian Sea - the largest saltwater lake in the world with a surface area of 371,000 km2 and a volume of 78,200 km3.
Quba City is a popular tourist destination located in northwestern Azerbaijan on Mount Shahdag, with interesting villages like Xinaliq (photo), Laza and Buduq. In it, Xinaliq is the most ancient and remote village in the Caucasus region. About 2,000 people live in the village, speaking Khinalug and Azerbaijan.
In the world, there are about 1,000 mud volcanoes, of which Azerbaijan has more than 400 ones. Although the mountains have muddy up to hundreds of meters, the inhabitants of the area do not have to worry about emergency evacuation because eruptions are not considered dangerous. Turaghai and Boyuk Khanizadagh are some of the tallest mud volcanoes in the world located in Azerbaijan, with heights of up to 700 m and a diameter of up to 10 km.
Azerbaijan possesses 9 of 11 climates on Earth due to its geographical location and complex terrain, the influence of solar radiation and atmosphere. If visiting Azerbaijan in May, visitors can enjoy a sunny beach in Baku capital then go skiing in the Caucasus mountains.
With a culture of interference between the East and the West, the people of Azerbaijan are always open and friendly with foreigners. In particular, young people are usually fluent in English and almost always happy to help visitors.
Traditional dishes of Azerbaijan are a unique combination between the East and the West but still remain unique. The main highlights are Pilaf rice cooked with the saffron pistil, Piti lamb soup or Pakhlava cake.
Formula 1 race
The first Formula 1 race took place at the Baku City Racetrack called the European Grand Prix in 2016. A year later, Azerbaijan Grand Prix was officially held in the country's capital. Fans from all over the world often converge here at the end of April to monitor the competition of the most veteran drivers and the next race will take place on April 24-26, 2020.
By: Gitta Russell