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Ataturk (Turkiye) - 04/06/2004 : Korkmayin,yeniden beraber olacaz
recreation (azerbaidzhan) - 30/09/2004 : what do they do for recreation in azerbaid zhan
mo (mex) - 08/12/2004 : i think its cool
Atataturk (Turkey) - 10/12/2004 : Azerbaijan has a beautiful scenery and many beautiful historic Armenian sites. One should not hesitate to visit it, if it were not for the people for Azerbaijan and its leaders. I sencerely beleive that they are up to no good, lying to other nations and using their oil to their advantage and against the Armenians -- is it not enough that they live in Armenian lands, they also want more land? In fact, it was the Armenians who started drilling for oil in Azerbaijan... Go ahead, support Azerbaijan - the evils of this world! To answer the question about what they do in Azerbaijan for recreation, Simple: they try their best to destroy Armenians, just like my ancestors (the ottaman turks) did by commiting genocide. It's a shame!
jonathan imo clement (nigeria) - 22/03/2005 : i believe that with time AZERBAIJAN will be a great country, and iam impressed bz the democratic tendences they exhibit, and if given the opportunity I will like to visit.
hay (Suisse) - 24/03/2005 : I want to congratulate Atataturk for his message!!
qaraqurd (azerbaijan) - 15/08/2005 : firstawfull i must notice that the armenians are in our land not we are on theirs and this is an histaorical fact that there is no nation as armenian !!! then if you look to day to AZERBAIJAN and armenia in fact the place of each republic in the world,there is no else reason to speak... OK THATS ALL TIME IS GOING UP WE WILL RETURN TO QARABAG SOOOOOON
Elgun (USA) - 15/01/2006 : Masalli is a reasonably prosperous agricultural town which also has some light industry, capital of the Rayon of the same name. The town's centre is built near the river, with some modest buildings and a nice Palace of Culture. The Palace of Culture wih a statue of the poet Nizami illustrates well the Azeri architecture of the Soviet period. There are no important sights, except maybe the tea tower. The modest soccer field is home to F.C. Vilash. When you leave Masalli towards the west there are dense woods and also a small lake, a favourite spot for picnics. West of Masalli you find a spa area (Masalli Istisu), providing hot mineral baths for a variety of illnesses or simply for your pleasure. The place is rather scenic with a small hot waterfall and a miniature suspension bridge. Another waterfall can be found at Shalala on the road to Yardimli. Being located on the main road leading south to Lenkoran and Iran, Masali is always busy and commerce is abundant. In the town there is a very basic hotel, but outside Masalli, on the road going west to Yardimli, there is a good hotel, the Dashtvend. Further down the road, near Masalli Istisu there are also turbazas with some decent huts. (200 km south of Baku)
Maharram (UK) - 15/01/2006 : The main city and capital of the Nakhchivan Republic, also called Nakhchivan, was an ancient trading centre. Some historians consider that it was founded in the 16th century BC. According to an Armenian legend, the city was founded by Noah. The Greeks and Romans called it Nacksuana / Naxuana (from the Greek for 'sweet water'). As early as the 2nd century BC it is mentioned by Ptolomy as a thriving city. It is spread over the foothills of Zangezur chain, on the right bank of the Nakhchivan river at an altitude of almost 1000 m. Invader after invader looted, destroyed and (in some cases) rebuilt the city. It was the capital of the Atabek Eldegiz emirate in the 12th century and the Nakhchivan Khanate in the 18th century. The main sight in the city is the 12th century Momine Khatum Mausoleum, also known as 'Atabek Gumbezi'. Momine Khatum was the wife of Ildegizid Atabek Djakhan Pakhlevan, ruler of the the Atabek Eldegiz emirate. The 10-sided monument is decorated with intricate geometrical motives and Kufic script, it uses turquoise glazed bricks. It shares the neighbourhood with a statue of its architect - Abubakr oglu Ajami - and a bust of Heidar Aliyev. Also from the 12th century and by the same architect, is the octogonal Yusuf Ibn Kusir tomb, known as 'Atababa', half abandoned near the main cemetery. More recent (1993) is the white marble mausoleum of Hussein Javid. The Azeri writer died in the Gulag under Stalin. Both the mausoleum and his house museum are located east of the theatre. Although being a recent construction, Hussein Javid's mausoleum is of great iconic importance, representing the ability of the exclave to live despite the Armenian embargo and becoming a symbol of Nakhchivan itself. The city also has an historical museum, a literary museum (both on Nizami street) and the house museum of Nakhchivansku (on Ataturk street). Have a look also at the baths and the blue domed Imamzade, the Uzbek style tomb of Abu Muzaffa Bahdur Khan. The city has a few interesting mosques, particularly the Juma mosque, with its large dome. Today Nakhchivan city is home to over 60.000 inhabitants. It has some industry, centred around glass, furniture, textiles and carpets, aluminium, tobacco and grape processing. Currently the government is looking for investment to develop tourism and oil production. Socially, this regional capital is quite sophisticated with its own university and a significant scientific and artistic community. For entertainment try the palace of culture, on Azadlyg avenue, the state musical and drama theatre on Ahmed Javad street or the puppet theatre on Nizami street. The city has a lot of business visitors from Iran, Turkey and Russia (these countries have consulates in the city), leading to a reasonable offer of hotels. Nakhchivan city is served by an airport and theoretically has good road and rail links, however the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has made access more difficult contributing to a greater isolation. The best way to get to Nakhchivan is to fly from Baku to Jevlach airport, south-east of the city (airport code: EVL). From Jevlach you can also fly to Moscow with Samara airlines. If you are arriving from Baku there is no passport check and you can simply walk out of the terminal. There are buses and taxis to the city, which is only 3km away. From the city, buses to the airport leave from the Shabuz bus station on the NW part of the city. Several buses a day depart for Igdir and Erzerum in eastern Turkey, allowing easy connections to the rest of Turkey. There are train services to Ordubad and Sharur. Inside the city there are buses and trolley-buses. (450 km west of Baku)
Anita (Kuwait) - 15/01/2006 : Located on the southern shore of the Apsheron peninsula, Azerbaijan's capital was founded 1,500 years ago. The first written reference to Baku dates from 885, although archaeologists have found remains of a settlement predating by several centuries the birth of Christ. The city became important after an earthquake destroyed Shemakha and the of the 12th century and the Shirvanshah, Ahistan I, made Baku the new capital. There are a few theories about the origin of the name, the most widely known being that Baku comes from bad kube, meaning 'city of winds'. The climate is sunny and arid, with gale-force winds that sweep through on occasion, caused by masses of polar air. Baku is located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea and is Azerbaijan's largest city, with wonderful beaches, spas and a striking setting on the salty Caspian Sea. Today's Baku is really three cities rolled into one: the old town (icheri shekher), the boomtown and the Soviet-built town. The centre of Baku is the old town, which is also a fortress. The walled city of Baku became in December 2000 the first location in Azerbaijan classified as world cultural site by UNESCO. Most of the walls and towers, strengthened after the Russian conquest in 1806, survive. This section is picturesque, with its maze of narrow alleys and ancient buildings. Wander the cobbled streets past the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, two caravansaraies (ancient inns), the 11th-century Maiden's Tower (nice view of the harbour), the baths and the Djuma Mosque (it used to house the exquisite Carpet and Applied Arts Museum, but now is a Mosque again... and by the way the carpets are now at the former V.I. Lenin museum). The old town also has dozens of small mosques, often without any particular sign to distinguish them from the next building. The boomtown, south of the old city, was built after massive oil exploitation began nearly a century ago and has interesting beaux-arts architecture. Fine arts, history and literature museums are located there, all housed in the mansions of pre-Revolutionary millionaires. Modern Baku spreads out from the walls, its streets and buildings rising up hills that rim the Bay of Baku. Greater Baku is divided into 11 districts and 48 townships. Among these are townships on islands in the bay and one island town built on stilts in the Caspian Sea, 100 kilometres from Baku proper ('Oil Rocks'). If you have a strong stomach, it is worth walking uphill to the Martyr’s Cemetery, formerly the Kirov park. This area is now dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives during the war with Armenia and also to the 137 people who were killed on 19 & 20 January 1990 when Soviet tanks and troops took to the streets of Baku. Photographs of victims featured on each tomb-stone are sobering and poignant. Now 20 January has become a national holiday of deep emotional meaning. The basis of Baku's economy is petroleum. The existence of petroleum has been known since the 8th century. By the 15th century oil for lamps was obtained from surface wells. Commercial exploitation began in 1872, and by the beginning of the 20th century the Baku oil field was the largest in the world. Towards the end of the 20th century much of the land's petroleum had been exhausted, and drilling had extended into the sea. Baku ranks as one of the largest centres for the production of oil industry equipment. The World War II Battle of Stalingrad was fought to determine who would have control of the Baku oil fields. Fifty years before the battle, Baku supplied half of the world's oil production.
Elguc (Ukraine) - 15/01/2006 : After Nakhchivan City, Ordubad is the most important town in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, having once been the capital of a semi-independent sultanate, which eventually yielded sovereignty to the Russians tzars in 1828. Situated near the river of the same name - a tributary of the Araz - Ordubad is nevertheless a mountain town, built at 850m under the imposing presence of the Zangezur range. Although the area always had an agitated history, several buildings from the 17th and 18th century are well preserved, namely three mosques (Saatabad, Dilbar and Juma), the last one also retains a religious school (madrasa). The history museum is also well worth visiting. The museum provides a glimpse into the past of a town with a rich cultural tradition, having been one of the early printing centres and home to the family of astronomer and mathematician Nasraddin Tusi. Due to the Karabakh conflict trains no longer go to Azerbaijan proper via Megri, but there are train services to Nakhchivan city, notice that the station is almost 4 km south of the town. The rail trip is memorable. The line goes along the Aras river, the border with Iran, providing amazing vistas of the Iranian bank, including of the world's oldest churches - St. Stephanos, built near the place where the Qotur river joins the Aras. The only place to stay is the old Soviet style hotel Sahil, near the bridge over the river Ordubad. The compensates its many insufficiencies with a nice view of the river. Around the town there are vast and varied orchards, as well as mulberry plantations, producing the leaves used for breeding silkworms. Azeri and Iranian authorities have agreed to build a new bridge over the river Araz in the border point of Ordubad-Siahrud. (420 km southwest of Baku)
Gee (France) - 15/01/2006 : Lenkoran's streets are broader and reveal better urban planning than most cities in Azerbaijan. When exploring Lenkoran don't miss the 'Maiak', a cylindrical former jail, it is located in the northeast extreme of town, near the railway. The Maiak has a twin in the opposite site of town who, where Joseph Stalin is supposed to have been detained before his glory days - it has now become a warehouse The history museum is interesting both for the collection and the building itself, it was built on the site of the Khans palace (S.Akhundov street, near the military hospital). The main mosque, located near the bazaar, is quite beautiful and there are several other not so impressive mosques. Have have a look also at the baths. For entertainment try the State Drama Theatre (28 May street). There are lots of tanks in Lenkoran! One sits in the main square: it is made of white stone and is a memorial to Hazi Aslanov - a tank commander - another is a real tank placed on a podium in the Caspian sea. Besides the memorials Lenkoran houses a tank brigade. The local military have had their moments of fame: twice this century Lenkoran was the capital of self declared independent Talysh states. The first time was in 1919 in the confusion after the end of WWI and the initial stages of the Russian civil war, the Talysh Mugam Socialist Republic was declared, it rejoined Azerbaijan a few months later. More recently, in the summer of 1993, a new independent Talysh Mugam Republic was declared by Alikram Humbetov, with the support of the local tank regiment. However, soon after the revolt leader was arrested and the revolt collapsed. For good quality accomodation we suggest the Hotel Qala. In the town's centre you can also find two soviet style hotels, the hotel Lenkoran has reasonable conditions, the Khazar is unpleasant as is the Girkhan, located outside town on the road going south to Astara. On this road there is also a dilapidated camping site. The local soccer field is home to Football Club Khazar.
Silva (Russia) - 15/01/2006 : Hi. I really went unusual part of Azerbaijan. I loved there. Yardimli stretches along a river valley at the foot of the Talish mountains, amid green hills, with old cobbled streets, nice cottages and a relaxed atmosphere. There is a history museum, a small mosque and a war memorial. The army has a camp in the area, so beware of any encounters... In the past Yardimli was an important wine producing area, but now the economic soul of the city is the foreign operated cigarette factory, tobacco being the main crop in the surrounding areas. You can get buses to Baku and to the neighbouring towns. There is only a very basic hotel, in front of the city hall. Although the town is just 4 kilometres away the Iranian border there is no official crossing, the nearest being in Astara. (220 km south of Baku)
kamil(dia_647) (azerbaijan) - 03/07/2006 : azerbaycan vaxt gelecek dunyanin en inkisaf etmish olkelerinden biri bu olkenin vetendasi oldugumdan fexr eliyirem.ermenistan ozu bele artiq bunu basa dusur ve bilir ki Azerbaycan cox tez bir zamanda her terefden iqtisadiyyat,ordu quruculugu,daxili sabitlik ve s. baximdan ermenistandan qat-qat ustun olacaq
Azeri Girl (England) - 19/07/2006 : I love Azerbaijan!! It is the best country in the world! It is located in Eastern Europe and is famous for its Cavier and Oil. The only problem is that Azerbaijan has a non democratic government, which seriously needs to be sorted out. I can't wait! I am going on holiday to Azerbaijan this month as it is my Summer holidays!!
batu khan (TURKEY) - 14/08/2006 : karındaşlarıma selamlar bekleyin uşaklar yakında beraber ve güçlü olacağız.azeris are heroic.let those armenian bas.ards have it bro .!!!
Bey (Pakistan) - 09/08/2007 : I will visit Azerbaijan for sure!
an for sure!

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