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Activities in Gusar

(English) Anigh village

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You can travel on the road most of which is covered by shells and stones only in an off-roader. As you travel on this route, the first stop could be the village of Anigh. In this village of strategic importance at the foothills of Mount Shahdagh, a fortress was built in the Middle Ages to defend the village from Arab raids. The walls of the fortress still stand in the village. The walls of the 9th century fortress Anigh are 9.3 meters high and 2 meters wide. Villagers are still saying that the fortress was ruined during a Christian-Muslim war. When the Chris­tian Georgian detachments of the army of Hulaku ruler Argun fought Golden Horde troops in 1288, they actively par­ticipated in the Anigh battles.The historical chronicle “The History of Abu Muslim”, which was written in Ara­bic in the 10th century, mentions seve­ral Azerbaijani villages, including Anigh. Locals say that the name of the village is derived from Anigh aga who used to live here. According to other versions, Anigh is a place-name related to Hun tribes. First it was called Unug and then it became Anigh.

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(English) Sheikh Juneyd sepulchre

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The sepulchre, which was built in ho­nour of Shah Ismayil Khatai’s grandfat­her Sheikh Juneyd, is considered to be one of the most important historical-architectural monuments in Gusar. It is also called the Shikhjannat Mosque. It stands on the grave of Sheikh Juneyd of Ardabil, who was killed in a battle with the troops of Shirvanshah Khalilullah I and was buried here. It was built on or­ders from Tahmasib I after Safavid Shah Ismayil I moved the remains of Sheikh Juneyd to Ardabil. An inscription on the fachade of the monument says that it was built in 1544. The village of Haz­ra is famed for its wrestlers. Here, they maintain “Sim wrestling” performances, which are the most popular samples of Azerbaijani folklore. Sometimes you can see wrestlers practicing in the village. Gusar also has a dance folklore ensemb­le called Lezginka.

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Sudur village, Gusar town

(English) Sudur village

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It is the last stop on the route and the last village in Gusar. Located at a height of 1,800 meters above the sea level at the foothills of Mount Shahdagh, Sudur has fascinating scenery. It has good po­tential for creating a mountain tourism and health zone.

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Hazra village

(English) Hazra village

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In the 15th century, Shirvan and its northeastern provinces were at peace. This peace was broken by Sheikh Juneyd of the Safavid dynasty and his son Hey­dar. Intending to occupy Shirvan, Sheikh Juneyd crossed the Kura River and in­vaded Shirvan under the slogan of “jihad against godless Circassians”. He met with resistance from Shirvanshah Khalilullah, and the Gizilbash troops were defeated in a battle in the village of Gipchak on the left bank of the Samur River in 1460. Sheikh Juneyd was killed in the battle. The sheikh’s followers brought his body to the right bank of the Samur River and buried him in the village of Gulkhan. The story is about the village of Hazra in Gu­sar. One of the most important points on the route, the village of Hazra is located at a distance of 53 km from the center. The meaning of its name is interpreted in different ways. It is a modified form of the word Hazrat. Shah Abbas I (1557- 1628) moved the village population from Iran to Guba province and settled them near the grave of Sheikh Juneyd.

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Yukhari Tahirjal village

(English) Yukhari Tahirjal village

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It is a mountain village with wonderful scenery and difficult roads. The popu­lation is engaged in bee-keeping. The village’s emblem is a beehive. The fo­rests that surround the village are known for their fruit trees, especially wild apple trees. The upper mountainous part of the Tahirjal River is the territory of the old village. After the 1964 earthquake, villagers were so feared that they star­ted moving to the lower part on the left bank of the river. After villagers went to work at the new Samur-Davachi canal, they gradually started leaving this area. More people are coming to the village in summer. The village used to have three mosques and several shrines. Un­der the atheist communist regime, they went into decline as they were not lo­oked after. Inside the village, you can see graves with human bones inside on every corner. Villagers say that you can find precious metal items inside those sizable graves. The most valuable historical monument in the village is a large three-tier grave­yard. Its territory is surprisingly large, as if big battles had taken place here and thousands of people had been killed. It is strange that there are gravestones on each grave. Local gravestones have inte­restingly strange shapes. Although they say that some items found in the graves belong to the Bronze Age, no scientific research has been carried out on the territory so far.

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Laza Village

(English) Laza village

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In Lezgin, this village is called Latsar. Si­tuated in a valley among the mountains, it consists of two parts. The second part is on the other slope of the mountain – on the bank of the Damiraparan River in Gabala District.

They say that residents of Laza moved to this area from there and gave the new village the same name. The village is in the foothills of the Great Caucasus Rid­ge, on the slopes of Mount Shahdagh (4.242 meters) and the Shah Yaylag­hi Peak and on caravan routes passing through the Main Caucasus. Local resi­dents call this place, situated at a height of 1,800 meters above sea level, “Kurva Pass”. The most famous and only histo­rical monument in the village of Laza is the 300-year-old mosque in the center of the village. The village’s population is Lezgin. Historical research showed that the main ethnic habitat of the Legs, an­cestors of the Lezgins, was in southern Dagestan on the left bank of the Samur River. In the course of centuries, some of the Lezgin tribes gradually moved to the foothills in the south.

Laza is one of the most popular tourist places in Azerbaijan. There are many to­urists in the village, both in winter and summer. Foreigners love to visit here most of all. The tourists stay in local re­sidents’ homes – rooms specially built in the courtyards have every convenience. Services also include dishes made by landladies.

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Twin waterfalls

(English) Twin waterfalls

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Situated at a height of about 2,000 me­ters, the twin waterfalls are another be­autiful spot in this area. Local waterfalls have one typical feature – they freeze in winter. Professional mountain climbers hold contests to conquer such water­falls. There is an interesting story about the dark wooden house under the wa­terfalls. The house was delivered here by Viktor Polyanichko, who was second secretary of the Central Committee of the Azerbaijani Communist Party. The second secretary who once came here on holiday liked it so much that he de­cided to create a summer recreation place for himself. Villagers still remem­ber how this house was delivered here by military hardware in the 1980s. Now this place is an irresistible picnic site for summer holidaymakers.

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Shahdagh

(English) Shahdagh (4,243 meters)

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It is a massive mountain that looks remote and inaccessible. But it is possible to con­quer it. To this end, you can get to Suvar by car, while you will have to walk the rest of the road. It will take three days to conquer Shahdagh. There are two roads leading to the Shahdagh peak. These are northern and southern routes developed by local moun­taineers. Although it is dangerous and dif­ficult to climb, the wonderful view of Shah­dagh, its excellent air, Garabulag which you will see on the road, high mountain lakes, canyons and other wonders are fascinating. There are shrines, ancient caravan paths, re­mains of an antique bridge and other traces of history in the area. The easiest way to reach this greatest peak of Azerbaijan is to use the road from the south. It is a safe road that does not require any special mountai­neering equipment. This is the road used by the topographer Andrey Pastukhov, which was the first to draw the map of the moun­tain ridge in 1892.

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Suvar Resort in Laza village

(English) Suvar

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It is a place in a mountainous area wit­hin 2 km from Laza. It is the highest holiday destination and tourist base in Azerbaijan. Located at the foothills of Shahdagh, Suvar is open in winter as well. You can live in tents and sleep in sleeping bags here. The artificial lakes created at such a height give a diffe­rent look to the area. Those who wish to take a trip to the mountains and conqu­er peaks higher than 4,000 meters can get assistance from the staff of the Su­var recreational complex. You can also ask local villagers who are regarded as the best guides to the mountains and know every inch of land here. They can take you to the 3,000-meter high Shah plateau, the Shahnabat plateau or the 4,243-meter Mount Shahdagh, as well as to the 3,751-meter high Heydar Ali­yev peak in the Gizil-Gaya area.

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Dervish Baba shrine

(English) Dervish Baba shrine

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There is a graveyard belonging to the first millennium BC in the village of Anigh. The Dervish Baba shrine is situa­ted in the graveyard. Since Dervish Baba was a religious person and a philanthro­pist, villagers still respect his memory and visit his grave. The dome-shaped shrines in this area are so low that when you get inside, you need to bow down and show your respect for Dervish Baba in this way.

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