Sheki, Azerbaijan
 
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Facts
Area:
86,600 km²
Population:
7,650,000 (1997)
Capital:
Baku
Languages:
Azerbaijani, Russian
Religions:
Muslim 90%
Currency:
1 manat = 100 gopik

 

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Our Thoughts

What is the wealthiest country of the Caucasus? Oil rich Azerbaijan. And if the Caucasus are considered as part of Europe, then this is Turkish Europe. The Azeri language sounds like Turkish, and following Turkey's example, the Azeri government has separated church and state, creating a liberal atmosphere compared to other Islamic nations.

When a guy told me he was from Baku I didn't know whether to say "Gazuntite!" or check my atlas. He told us that Azerbaijan used to be a terminus of the Silk Road. Bronze Age petroglyphs confirm that this area has been inhabited since the beginning of civilization. Then we shared some Halva, a thin layer of honeyed pastry that most Azeris enjoy for dessert.

Highlight: Pretend you're a Silk Road merchant and spend the night in an authentic caravanserai dating from that period.

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Itinerary
Trip 2002
November 17-18 Arrive Baku from Turkmenistan
November 19-21 Sheki, Zaqatala
December 9-10 Baku
   
January 3 Travel to Iran
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