Goygol in Azerbaijan

7 December 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Montage of Goygol © Huseyn200021/cc-by-sa-4.0

Montage of Goygol © Huseyn200021/cc-by-sa-4.0

Goygol (also, Xanlar, Chanlar, Helenendorf, and Kol-Yelendorf) is a city and municipality and the capital of the Goygol Rayon in northwestern Azerbaijan. It is about 10 km (6 mi) south of Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city. The city of Göygöl has a population of 37,000. The municipality includes the city of Göygöl and the village of Qızılqaya. An extensive cemetery was excavated in the 1990s, with many bronze weapons (swords, daggers, axes), some jewelry (rings, bracelets, necklaces), and clay black dishes with the geometric designs, some of which are on display at the local museum. Helenendorf was founded in 1819 by Germans from Württemberg, brought as a colony under orders of Czar Alexander to help settle the region that had just been acquired from the Safavid dynasty under the Treaty of Gulistan of 1813.   read more…

Baku, the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan

16 May 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Art Nouveau building © İhsan Deniz Kılıçoğlu

Art Nouveau building © İhsan Deniz Kılıçoğlu

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. It is located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, which projects into the Caspian Sea. The city consists of two principal parts: the downtown and the old Inner City (21.5 ha). Baku’s urban population at the beginning of 2009 was estimated at just over two million people. Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in the metropolitan city area of Baku.   read more…

Country overview

9 November 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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