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NAKHCHIVAN (Azerbaijan enclave)


Location - Caucasus, Europe; Capital - Baku; Population - 10 million; Currency - Manat MORE AZERBAIJAN

I flew into Igdir in the extreme east of Turkey before catching a bus to Nakhchivan, the very little known sliver of Azerbaijan isolated from the rest of the country by Armenia - April 2019.

 

azerbaijannote2An outline of Azerbaijan on the 5 Manat note, with the exclave of Nakhchivan on the left, separated from the 'mainland'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nakhchivan359's nothing quite like mud, mud, glorious mud, but you can also dip your hand in as it's cold to the touch - border

 

nakhchivan361's nothing quite like mud, mud, glorious mud, but you can also dip your hand in as it's cold to the touch - border

 

nakhchivan362's nothing quite like mud, mud, glorious mud, but you can also dip your hand in as it's cold to the touch - border

 

nakhchivan367's nothing quite like mud, mud, glorious mud, but you can also dip your hand in as it's cold to the touch - border

 

nakhchivan1re's nothing quite like mud, mud, glorious mud, but you can also dip your hand in as it's cold to the touch - border

 

nakhchivan4Check out the Caspian Sea oil rigs from the volcano site - Qarabaghlar

 

nakhchivan6ead back north to that Qarabaghlar

 

nakhchivan7rve is home to ancient rock carvings which are 5,000-20,000 years old - Qarabaghlar

 

nakhchivan8 make out the reed boat above some (much larger) humans? - Qarabaghlar

 

nakhchivan12The presence of shells in the rocks indicates the area was under water at one time - Qarabaghlar

 

nakhchivan15Here I stand on a rock outcrop at Qarabaghlar

 

nakhchivan9e returnnd on a rock outcrop at Qarabaghlar

 

nakhchivan19nd on a rock outcrop - Duzdag

 

nakhchivan21ld oil drilling platd on a rock outcrop - Duzdag

 

nakhchivan29d on a rock outcrop - Duzdag

 

 

nakhchivan27d on a rock outcrop - Duzdag

 

nakhchivan33ed after the original was destroyed in 1934 as part of the Soviet anti-religious campaign - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan36aond Oilfield after sce- Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan37d to extract oil - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan39he Absheron peninsuloff pools etc - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan40he site of the 18th century Nalace of worship - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan48 is now piped, the natural gas beneath the temple having burnt out - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan50p was Nakhchivan City Tower, a square 22m fortress tower rebuilt in the 14th century - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan52Take in views of the Absheron peninsula from the tower - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan53 shrine with a strange story is Pir Hasan, where peop the sound of breaking glass; I'll stay nervous thanks! - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan54ther fortress tower in Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan60 kms north is Nakhchivan City beach, a popular public beach with facilities - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan57ut on a cool October day this was the only guy braving the sea - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan65akhchivan City Fortress is perched on a hilltop, providing views of oil mess - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan68rricks and polluted run-off pools form a depressing landscape in front of the castle - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan73chivan City, or Fire mountain, has been burning natural gas since the 1950s

 

nakhchivan76hepherd accidentally set it alight with a discarded cigarette, so the story goes, and it's been burning ever since - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan78d accidentally set it alight with a discarded cigarette, so the story goes, and it's been burning ever since - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan81ve sculpture lies on the top of the promenade steps leading down to the beach - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan82a lot of building work going on c sand - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan89t was a sunny day but except for a few couple of dog walkers there was noone on the beach - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan91etween the promenade and the beach are a couple of tree-sheltered cafes - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan93This memorial commemorates tdisputed region belonging to Azerbaijan but occupied by Armenia - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan97ext to the Xocali Memorial are lines of martyr gravestones, many of whothe 1980s & 90s - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan100ne more picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan128re picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan107ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan110re picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan111re picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan120ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan127ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan132ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan139icture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan135ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan153ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan141ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan146ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan148ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan150re picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan156re picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan158ore picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

nakhchivan160 picture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan161icture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan163icture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan165ure of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan162icture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan169cture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan172cture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan175icture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan176icture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan177cture of former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan178f former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan180 former president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan182ormer president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

nakhchivan183 president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan188resident Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan192president Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan195esident Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan197resident Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan198resident Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan199ent Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan200nt Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan203t Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

nakhchivan205nt Heydar Aliyev before I leave - Nakhchivan City

 

 

 

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LINKS

http://azerbaijan.travel - Azerbaijan tourism

https://caravanistan.com - Main resource for all things Central Asian - extremely useful

www.nakhchivantravel.com - tour agency specialising in Nakhchivan

https://ticket.ady.az - Azerbaijan Railways

www.visions.az - contains travel articles on Nakhchivan

 

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