The province of Quba in Azerbaijan is one of the few locations in the world that you can describe in one word – majestic! It seems as though Mother Nature gathered all her jewels and poured them on this ancient city. Quba has picturesque snow-capped mountains, cool and crystal-clear mountain rivers and naturally manicured alpine meadows. Artists, poets and statesmen of old who have visited this place stood speechless as they beheld the beauty of the landscape.
The country of Azerbaijan is located between breathtaking mountain ranges and the Caspian Sea; it also lies on the Euro-Asian crossroads, which was why it used to be a popular stopover along the famous Silk Road. The country is home to a number of waterfalls, volcanoes, caves, mountains, plains, steppes, meadows, and rainforests. Its land is so diverse that the country experiences nine of the world’s 11 climatic zones and conditions.
For 70 long years, the stunning beauty of this ancient country lied hidden behind the Soviet communist rule. It finally became independent again in 1991, and in 2000 entered the international tourism scene, propelled by its natural, cultural and historical attractions. There’s no stopping this oil-rich country, with the province of Quba as one of its prized tourist attractions.
What exactly are found in Quba apart from the colorful wonders of nature?
For those who are into religion, Eastern culture or Islam architecture, there are a number of mosques that surely deserve attention. The most popular mosque is the Sakina-Khanum Mosque, which was built in 1854. Built from red bricks, this mosque is an architectural eye-candy. It is cylindrical in shape, and on each side is an arched circular window. On top is a white metal dome that looks like a helmet with a spike. The mosque was built by A. Bakikhanov, a famous Azeri writer/scientist, in honor of her late husband.
Meanwhile, for those who enjoy history and local culture, the Khanalyg Village and Agbil Mausoleums are ideal destinations.
Khanalyg Village is the home of the Khangali people. They belong to a unique race; direct descendants of the ancient Albanian nations. They follow their own ancient culture having been able to preserve their original traditions, language, home living, ceremonies, and clothes. Governed by their own set of laws and regulations, the Khangali tribe is the only one of its kind in the world, and today there are not more than 1,000 Khangalis living in the planet.
The village of Khanalyg is famous for one more thing: it is the home of the ancient Zoroastrian Temple that has been standing here since the 9th century.
The Mausoleums of Agbil, on the other hand, are composed of three mausoleums from the 16th century but only two of them are likely to continue standing. Local folks refer to Agbil as a place of four mausoleums, which most probably means there used to be another mausoleum nearby. Although, in poor condition, the mausoleums are yet again a reminder of how the ancient people in this part of the country lived and died.
Finally, if these three compelling reasons – nature, culture and history – would not convince people to come, perhaps the apple orchards and the exquisite Quba carpets will.