Travel Guide 2022
Azerbaijan at a glance
|Currency||Azerbaijanian Manat (AZN)|
|Neighboring countries||Georgia, Iran, Armenia, Turkey und Russia|
Guide to Azerbaijan
Many a person who is familiar with carpets runs the risk of drifting in the wrong geographical direction when buying. The names “Shirvan” and “Tabriz” do not refer to carpets from Iran, but to those from Azerbaijan. It is important to know that Shirvan is a historical region on the banks of the Kura River and Tabriz is the capital of a province in eastern Azerbaijan. Carpet weaving has always been very important in this country, and the most beautiful products can be seen in the Baku Carpet Museum.
More recently, however, the industrial extraction of oil has played an even greater role in Azerbaijan. The “black gold” is extracted in the offshore area of the Caspian Sea. The so-called “Maiden’s Tower” from the 12th century and the Palace of the Khans of Shirvan from the 15th century in the old town of Ichari Shahar in Baku have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Both buildings are something like stone testimonies from the changing history of this city.
Azerbaijan has professed Islam since the Arab conquest in the 7th century. A minority of Armenians, Russians and Kurdish Yazidis are of Christian faith.