Chirag Gala which means lamp castle in Azerbaijani is a ruined ancient fortress overlooking the Caspian coastal plains north of Baku in Azerbaijan. It is located on the top of a mountain, in the Guba Forest. It was constructed by the Sassanid Persians in the 5th century, it was used as a defense for the khanate of Quba in the 18th century. History buffs will love this place.
The Baku Ateshgah often called the "Fire Temple of Baku", is a castle-like religious temple in Surakhany town a suburb in Baku. The Baku Ateshgah was a pilgrimage and philosophical centre of Zoroastrians from Northwestern Indian subcontinent, who were involved in trade with the Caspian area via the famous "Grand Trunk Road". The four holy elements of their belief were: ateshi (fire), badi (air), abi (water), and heki (earth). The Temple of Fire "Ateshgah" was nominated for List of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO in 1998. On December 19, 2007, it was declared a state historical-architectural reserve by decree of the President of Azerbaijan.
A mud volcano or mud dome is a landform created by the eruption of mud or slurries, water and gases. In Azerbaijan, eruptions are driven from a deep mud reservoir which is connected to the surface even during dormant periods, when seeping water shows a deep origin.
The Palace of Shaki Khans in Shaki was a summer residence for the Shaki Khans. When we enter the building, we are enchanted by the bright colors of light that shines through the shebeke. Shebeke - are windows filled with coloured glass, created by Azerbaijani folk craftsmen from small wooden parts without glue and nails. The walls of the premises are decorated with colorful folk symbols and drawings.
In my opinion, the Old City is one of the most fascinating places in the capital of Azerbaijan. Stepping through the gates, we move a few centuries back, where the Shirvanshahs still rule. Quiet streets fascinate with their atmosphere. I like to walk there alone, listen to this ancient silence and listen to people's stories.