Diri Baba mausoleum, Gulistan fortress, Yeddi Gumbez (“The Seven Domes”), Juma Mosque, Basqal village , Kelaghayi Silk Museum, Girdimanchay river , Lahij village, souvenir shops
Drop into the factory of Kelaghayi Silk Museum in Baskal for a short kelaghayi masterclass and stroll through Basqal’s narrow cobblestone streets.
Shamakhi (2-2,5 hour drive from Baku) is an astonishing place with extraordinary nature, incredible architecture, ancient culture, rich history and interesting customs. Shamakhi city is the ancient capital of Shirvanshah’s dynasty (9-15th century).
Your first stop on the way to Shamakhi will be at Diri Baba mausoleum, a two-story monument of the 15th century in Maraza village. Peculiarity of the construction is that it was embed in the cliff and it creates an impression that it is suspended in the air. The monument is considered to be a sacred place. Legend says that a saint named Diri Baba (living, immortal old man) was buried here and remained incorrupt for more than 300 years.
At the entrance to Shamakhi you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and surroundings from the top of the hill, standing near the remains of the legendary fortress of Gulistan (“Flower Garden”) which received its name due to the scenic area in which it is located. This powerful fortification for nine centuries served as one of the main strongholds of the Shirvanshah state. Its fortifications took the blows of Arab, Seljuk, Mongol and Ottoman troops. It has suffered greatly not only from the wars, but also from numerous earthquakes, and only its ruins have reached us.
At the foot of the Gulistan fortress you will see “Yeddi Gumbaz” (Seven Domes) mausoleum, the 18th century mausoleum of the khans of Shamakhi.
In the city you will visit Juma Mosque, one of the oldest Muslim temples in Azerbaijan, as well as in the South Caucasus and the Middle East and the biggest mosque of the Caucasus.
After leaving Shamakhi and entering Ismayilli region we will make a stop at Basqal village that used to be a great weaving center of Shirvan in middle centuries. Here you will visit Kelaghayi Silk Museum, historical mosque & hammam. Kelaghayis are beautiful headscarves traditionally worn by Azerbaijani women, the colours often saying something about the status of the wearer. In the past, silk weaving and kelaghayi making were practiced at every household in the village with secrets being passed from one generation to the next, but the craft virtually disappeared during the Soviet era. The revival began in the early 2000s. Drop into the factory for an impromptu kelaghayi masterclass followed by a stroll through Basqal’s narrow cobblestone streets.
Further way runs through high cliffs to the last point of out excursion, beautiful Lahij village built on the canyon of Girdimanchay river. This small village is considered a cultural reserve and a popular touristic destination of the Great Silk Road. It is known for its production of copper items, decorated with carved ornaments. Traditional appearance & production processes remain the same till today, as they used to be throughout the centuries. In the numerous souvenir shops you can buy hand-made copper, knitted and weaved goods, wood and leather ware, souvenir knives and many more.
Transportation according to the program
Professional guide (English, Russian, Arabic)
Lunch in the national restaurant – from 9$
Any tips at the sites
Pick-up time: 09:00
Pick-up / drop-off point: your hotel in Baku
The organizer reserves the right to change the order of the places to visit in case of necessity.