Azerbaijan has long been called “The Land of Fire” due to the phenomena of “burning hillsides” caused by gas seeping through fissures in the earth. Azerbaijan has vast reserves of oil and subterranean natural gas. Roman records dating back 2500 years ago suggest oil extraction took place on Azerbaijan’s Absheron Peninsula. And Byzantine accounts in the 5th century claim to see ever-burning fires across the landscape. Venetian explorer Marco Polo wrote of the mysterious phenomena when he passed through the country in the 13th century.
Azerbaijan is a small country, easy to travel around. I made Baku, the capital city, as my base, explored the ancient city and made day trips to the places of interests around this small country.
İcheri Sheher (İçərişəhər) or Inner City is the historical core of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The Old City, surrounded by walls, is the most ancient part of Baku, and was a major trading post on the Ancient Silk Road. In December 2000, İcheri Sheher, the Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Photos below are of İcheri Sheher ((Old City), the historical core of Baku.
Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 metres (92 ft) below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level. The modern city of Baku, a capital city of an Oil rich country, has many Parisian-style and futuristic buildings
I made couple of day trips from Baku to visit few places of tourist interest.
After exploring Azerbaijan for a week, I took an overnight train from Baku to Tbilisi, Georgia.
In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...