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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Etymology

According to a modern etymology, the name of Azerbaijan derives from that of Atropates, a Persian satrap under the Achaemenid Empire, who was later reinstated as the satrap of Media under Alexander the Great. The original etymology of this name is thought to have its roots in the once-dominant Zoroastrianism. In the Avesta, Frawardin Yasht (“Hymn to the Guardian Angels”), there is a mention of âterepâtahe ashaonô fravashîm ýazamaide, which literally translates from Avestan as “we worship the fravashi of the holy Atropatene.” The name “Atropates” itself is the Greek transliteration of an Old Iranian, probably Median, compounded name with the meaning “Protected by the (Holy) Fire” or “The Land of the (Holy) Fire”. The Greek name was mentioned by Diodorus Siculus and Strabo. Over the span of millennia the name evolved to Āturpātākān (Middle Iranian) then to Ādharbādhagān, Ādharbāyagān, Āzarbāydjān (New Persian) and present-day Azerbaijan. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Bag Baku – Our mission is to assist and give backpackers, travellers, expats a very interesting experience in exploring the beautiful city of Baku. [facebook]

Baku Pub Meetup – Meet world travelers, expats and locals at Baku Pub Meetup! A perfect opportunity to hang out, chat, practice languages, meet new/old friends in Baku and have lots of fun! [signed events]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Baku Women – Azerbaijan – There are no that many opportunities to find a good woman from Ukraine. Usually to get to know with the girl you have to be aware of what language she is speaking, whether she has a boyfriend or not and so on. With our website you do not need to dig for the information! [ukraine women dating agency]

Free Dating in Azerbaijan – Are you single and looking for love in Azerbaijan? Join the following Azerbaijan singles and MANY MORE searching for free dating in Azerbaijan on our site right now. Datingnmore offers absoutely free Azerbaijan dating, as well as many other singles all over the world. [dating n more]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Free Tours in Baku – Offering you 8 tours in Baku. [free tour]

Peregrine Adventures – Centuries have passed since Azerbaijan was a transit point along the infamous merchant’s silk road, but the historic centre still remains. The Old City of Baku dates back to the 12th century and sits conspicuously within the modern-day cosmopolitan. Hidden sites among the Caucasus Mountains reveal an area of flowing forest and alien volcanoes. With its Muslim heritage and Soviet past, Azerbaijan comes to life as a truly foreign place. [peregrine adventures]

Tours in Baku Azerbaijan – The capital of Azerbaijan and the country’s largest city, Baku is the gateway to the Caucasus. Hugging the Caspian Sea, this port city is a cultural tour de force, with a Persian palace. [tours by locals]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Absheron National Park – Sitting in the Azizbeyov region of the city of Baku, Absheron National Park spans 783 hectares of protected land and is the perfect place to come to witness the stunning flora and fauna of Azerbaijan. The national park has a whole host of local wildlife such as gazelles, birds, jackals, badgers, and Caspian seals. The land here is mostly dry steppe, which lends itself to romantic rolling sand dunes and reed like grass that sways in the wind. [the crazy tourist]

Astara – The city of Astara, in the Astara Rayon district of Azerbaijan, is found just across from the border with Astara in neighbouring Iran. Famed for being one of the most beautiful areas of the country, surrounded by forest and mountains, the city of Astara itself has picturesque cafes and local restaurants, as well as a museum. [the crazy tourist]

Ateshgah – Azerbaijan has long been known as the Land of Fire, due the burning of natural oil and gases under the earth,said to have inspired the fire worshippers who later founded the Zoroastrian faith. In the days of old these burning gas outlets were thought to contain evidence of a divine being, and ancient temples were built upon the sites. One of these temples is Ateshgah, located in the suburb of Surakhany in just outside of Baku. [the crazy tourist]

Baku – Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, lies along the Caspian Sea, and is a somewhat curious mix of the old walled city of Icheri Seher, and a modern building craze that has led a boom in skyscrapers, many of which are studded with LCD screens. Of all of these, make sure that you don’t miss the Flame Towers, three towers built to resemble fire that cast a bronzed glow over the city at night. [the crazy tourist]

Baku Seaside Park – Baku Seaside Park and Boulevard is the place to come for those visiting the country’s capital, and you will find a wealth of activities here, including old fashioned tea shops and cafes that are perfect for whiling away the hours or indulging in a classic seaside treat like locally produced ice cream. The boulevard stretches over 5 kilometres along the coastline from National Flag Square to the International Baku Port, and is a great place to take in the seaside attractions on offer in Azerbaijan. [the crazy tourist]

Garasu Volcano – Many visitors to Azerbaijan may not know that the country has the highest number of mud volcanoes in the world. 350 to be exact! One of the best known is Garasu Volcano, that has been known to spew mud over 1,000 metres into the air. The volcanoes are caused when gases under the earth build up and push the mud high into the air as a release. [the crazy tourist]

Gobustan – Gobustan is often referred to as the Azerbaijan version of Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, as it features a prehistoric cromlech (a circle of stones that have been positioned vertically). It doesn’t end there however, as Gobustan is an archaeological reserve that lies to the south of Baku and offers a fascinating insight into ancient civilizations due to over 6,000 rock drawings that span over 537 hectares. [the crazy tourist]

Icheri Seher – Known as “Old City” and “Fortress”, Icheri Seher is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the centre of Baku, and you will find amazing architectural feats all over this protected quarter of the city. These include Maiden Tower that dates from the 12th century and was part of the ancient walled city of Baku, as well as Shirvanshah Palace that was constructed in the 13th century. [the crazy tourist]

Nabran – Nabran is a village that has turned into something of a resort zone in Azerbaijan and is found approximately 3 hours outside of Baku, to the northeast. Nabran lies on the banks of the Caspian Sea, and one of the great attractions here is the climate which provides plenty of sunshine in the summer months. As such, Nabran has a plethora of water based activities that make the most of the ambient weather, including an aqua park and a variety of swimming pools all over the area. [the crazy tourist]

Naftalan Oil Resort – Naftalan resort is famous due to the Naftalan crude oil found here that is said to have healing properties, and has sparked a boom in medical tourism to the region. The resort is located in the Naftalan oil fields in the town of Naftalan, and visitors come here to bathe in the oil or to undergo a range of oil based treatments that are said to help with pain relief and anti-inflammatory healing. [the crazy tourist]

Sheki City – Found to the west of Baku, this is famed as one of the oldest human settlements in all of the Caucasus and is said to date back 2500 years. Sheki City was a stop off on the Silk Road and was famous for exquisite silks and other textiles. This tradition is still very much alive in Sheki City today, and visitors here will find ornate embroidery and other local handicrafts on offer. In addition to the arts and crafts found in this city, there are also castles, mosques, and even ancient bathhouses, as well as the Palace of Seki Khans that has stood since the 18th Century. [the crazy tourist]

Shirvan National Park – Shirvan National Park, formally established as a protected area in 2003, used to be located under the Caspian Sea, and now spans over 54,000 hectares to the south of Baku. This protected area is made up largely of semi-desert landscape meaning that you will find ambling sand dunes that are the perfect hideaway for the gazelles found here, and nature lovers may also spot a diverse array of species including turtles, hedgehogs, jungle cats, and jackals. [the crazy tourist]

The Caspian Sea – Something of a misnomer, the Caspian Sea is actually the largest lake in the world, and measures a whopping 371,000 square kilometres. The Caspian Sea is sits on what looks like an ocean bed, and the water here is indeed salty, although the saline content is lower than that of other seas and oceans, meaning that it is the perfect place for swimming as it is less likely to cause irritation. [the crazy tourist]

Yanar Bulag – If you want see burning water then you can’t miss a trip to Yanar Bulag, a curious natural phenomenon that is located on the road between the towns of Astara and Lankaran. The water is pumped out of a pipe and can be set alight due to the levels of natural methane contained within, making the oxymoron of flaming water a reality. [the crazy tourist]

Yanardag – Come to Yanardag to see what are known as burning flame outlets. Yarnadag can be translated as “burning mountain” and the hills here appear to be permanently ablaze due to the gas deposits under the surface of the sandstone found here. Visitors flock to this impressive natural phenomenon at dusk when the flames are most clearly visible, and the area is also studded with quaint teashops where you can sit in comfort and watch the spectacle as you sip a local beverage. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Constitution Day – On November 12, 1995, independent Azerbaijan adopted, approved and implemented its first Republic Constitution. Ever since, this day is celebrated as the Constitution Day and is public holiday for the citizens of Azerbaijan. [azerbaijan]

Day of National Salvation of Azerbaijani People – On June 15 Heydar Aliyev, returned to his position as the leader of the country which lead to many major economic and social changes in the life of Azerbaijani people bringing stabilization in the country. This day is marked as a state holiday. [azerbaijan]

Gurban Bayram (Festival of Sacrifice) – Also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”, this day is very important in Muslim tradition, as it marks the end of Haji pilgrimage and the readiness of Abraham to forgo his son for God. In Azerbaijan this day is known as Gurban Bayram where a goat or camel is sacrificed to God in remembrance of Ibrahim (Abraham). According to the Quran, Allah was pleased with Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son and therefore ordered him to sacrifice a Ram instead of his son. [azerbaijan]

International Baku Jazz Festival – Jazz is a much loved music form in Azerbaijan and every year through various festivals and concerts jazz lovers pay their respect to the growth in jazz music in post Soviet Azerbaijan. At the Baku Jazz festival, various groups, bands and musicians get together to celebrate their love for jazz music by participating in this festival. [azerbaijan]

International’s Women’s Day – March 8, is marked as a special day to honor the spirit of women all around the world, and also for women’s equality, progress and standing of a woman in a man’s world. Azerbaijani’s also celebrate this day, to give thanks to their women. [azerbaijan]

Novruz Bayram – Novruz Bayram or the Zorastrian New Year is now a public holiday in Azerbaijan. The novruz table is decorated with sweets, candles, dried fruits and colored eggs. In some places the table is filled with food items starting with the letter “S”, such as sib, sonbol, sabzi, serkeh, sir, sumakh, sekkeh and saat. A bowl of goldfish is placed in the centre of the table, as it is believed that the fish will turn north as the clock strikes New Year. [azerbaijan]

Ramazan (Ramadan) Bayram – As the month of Ramazan comes to an end, Muslims all around the world celebrate the last day as Eid Ul Fitr. In Azerbaijan this day is known as Ramazan Bayram. Those who have fasted the whole month with pure heart, break their fast after seeing the full moon. Families and friends come together to celebrate this festival by exchanging gifts and sweets and donating money to charity. Prayers are offered at mosques and later everybody greets each other with “Id-Mubarak”. [azerbaijan]

Republic Day – May 28, is a public holiday in the country so as to commemorate the day when the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan was formed in 1918. [azerbaijan]

Solidarity Day of World Azerbaijanis – Every year December 31 celebrated in the harmony that Azerbaijani people felt when the borders in Nakhchivan on the USSR-Iran borderline fell on December 31, 1989. The day has been inspired by the destruction of the Berlin Wall which paved the way for German reunification. [azerbaijan]

State Sovereignty Day – On October 18, 1991 the constitutional act “About the State Independence of the Republic” was approved and implemented by the Parliament. This day is celebrated as Independence Day of Azerbaijan and is a public holiday. [azerbaijan]

Victory’s Day – May 9 is celebrated in Azerbaijan in honor of the victory of Soviet Republic over Germany during World War II and as a mark of respect for veterans who lost their life during the war. [azerbaijan]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses and Minibuses (marshrutka) – There is often a hub such as a bus station near the bazaar in these cities. The fares for buses and minibuses are posted usually in both old and new manat (qepik). [wikitravel]

Taxis – Taxis, on the other hand, require negotiating skills, and this usually takes a proficiency in the language that ordinary non-Azeri/Russian/Turkish speakers do not have. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Azerbaijan Spark Community – This is a meetup for Azerbaijan users of Spark, the high-speed cluster programming framework. We also discuss other Spark-related projects, including Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, MLlib, GraphX. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

British in Azerbaijan – Many Expats from around the world that are talented in a range of industries (mainly oil) are now moving to Azerbaijan. This group is free of charge and has been put together by two fellow British Expats living in Azerbaijan. [british in azerbaijan]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Azerbaijan Free LGBT Organization – Founded in 2012, AZAD lgbt is dedicated to promoting LGBT rights in Azerbaijan. Working with local artists, NGOs and educators on better media representation, educational resources, and support, we aim to create a brighter future for Azerbaijan’s LGBT community. [azad lgbt]

Resources

Resources

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