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The Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower

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Azerbaijan Tourism

Azerbaijan isn’t affluent – yet. With the area around Nagorno Karabakh (under dispute with Armenia) just waiting to be tapped for black gold, things could change before you make your trip. The capital Baku, at the edge of the Caspian Sea, already has hues of prosperity. Azerbaijan like many countries in the region offers rich and rewarding cultural, historical and natural sights to the tourist.

A word of caution though, ethnic tensions with neighbour Armenia run high, so think twice before you take a jaunt to Nagorno Karabakh in particular, and any part close to the border between these two. Go east instead. Discover the medieval mosques, rock-carvings by Bronze Age civilizations and sights of a country that straddles both the Islamic and European ways of life.

The most popular drink amongst Azerbaijanis is tea. It is traditionally served in a pear shaped glass and is often consumed through lumps of sugar or jam, held in the mouth.

The first known fireplace construction, which is dated back from 700,000 to 500,000 years ago, was discovered in Azikh Cave - the largest cave in Azerbaijan.


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