Gizilagach State Nature Reserve

Although a group of Russian scientist suggested establishing a natural park here in 1913, the plans were upset due to the start of World War I. It was set up in the south-west of the Caspian on an area of 88,400 hectares in 1929. It was established for the wintering, reproduction and protection of migrant […]

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Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport

Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport is the home base airport of the Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) Company located 20 km northeast of the capital Baku. The airport meets all the requirements of the international standards and is connected to the capital city by two modern highways. All necessary conditions are created here for passengers’ convenience as […]

Gobustan region

Gobustan district Gobustan District is one of the closest to the capital city regions of Azerbaijan and situated on 90th km of Baku-Shamakhi Road. The administrative center of the Gobustan district is an ancient city called Maraza. There are a lot of places will attract tourists. Gobustan region  more interesting for  tourist: Maraza caves. Gobustan […]

Ag Gol National Park

Aggol Lake is the most famous steppe lake ecosystem in Azerbaijan an oasis for the thousands of birds that breed, rest during migration or come from the north for winter time. The first attempt to protect the lake was taken in February 1964 when a sanctuary was established here in an area of 9173 hectares. […]

Shahdagh National Park

Shahdagh National Park was established in 08 December 2006 by the Decree of the President of of Azerbaijan Republic in an area of 115 895 hectares. By the Decree dated on 08 July 2010 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic the area of Shahdagh National Park was enlarged to 130 508,1 hectares. The […]

Hirkan National Park

Hirkan National Park is in the south east of the country and covers the part of the territories of Lankaran and Astara administrative districts Lankaran and Astara. The purpose of establishment of this park was to preserve nature systematically. Also the goal was to preserve the species of fauna and flora which included to the […]

What is shabaka?

Shabaka are stained-glass windows made by national Azerbaijani masters, without glue or nails. Shabaka fill walls and window openings of halls and rooms in the Palace of Shaki Khans. Geometric patterns of shabaka-windows harmonize with the general composition of the palace’s facade. Stained-glass windows of central halls and side rooms open on the façade. These […]

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Prominent Azerbaijani music theorists and Uzeyir Hajibeyov

Safi al-Din al-Urmawi (1271-1294) from South (Persian) Azerbaijan was a music theorist and composer. Al-Urmawi masterfully played the oud, and made ​​musical instruments the mugni a nuzha. Al-Urmavi was also the author of theoretical tractates of Azerbaijani music – “Kitab al-Adwar” (“The Book of Musical Modes”) and “Al-Risalah al-Sharafiyya”. A creative work of al-Urmavi, the […]

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Ashug music

Musical poetic works of ashugs (ashug – from the word “eshg” – love) – singers – storytellers – poets are part of the professional art of oral tradition. The predecessors of ashugs in Azerbaijan were ozans. In Azerbaijan an ashug has long been called “El anasy” – “Mother Nation”), because he always expresses the feelings […]

Gosha nagara

Gosha-nagara

Gosha-nagara is an Azerbaijani folk percussion musical instrument. The name in translation from Azerbaijani means “a few drums”. The gosha-nagara with its structure resembles two interconnected pot drums. The gosha-nagara is played with two wooden drumsticks. The gosha-nagara is a vital part of all folk ensembles and orchestras and also weddings and celebrations. It is […]