|Qazax (Kazakh, Gazakh)||
The local economy has an agricultural base, in particular grapes. The war with Armenia resulted in the diversion of the water coming from across the border, leading to the decline of agriculture in Qazax.
The town is rich in pleasant 18th century architecture reflecting past prosperity. The Juma mosque is elegant, facing the old but still operating Israfil Agha baths, with the traditional Turkish style domes. There are two centrally located churches, one Armenian (referred locally as Albanian) and presently used as a cafe-bar, and a later Russian Orthodox church, currently serving as a sports pavilion.
The urban space is rather enjoyable with a number of parks (the newest one named after Heidar Aliyev), a house of culture and a museum with a good collection, located near the Orthodox church. There are a number of monuments to local figures, notice particularly the statue of Samed Vurgun, born in the nearby village of Yukhari Salahli.
Should you want to stay, there are two hotels, both small: a recent central hotel near the city hall and an older hotel above the bus station in the north-west part of town. There are both buses and trains to Baku.
Outside town, on the border area it is
worth visiting the 16th century Didivan castle, in the village of Khanliglar.
Have a look also at the Dashsalahli caves, south-east of mount
Avey and the nearby Avey Caucasian Albanian Church. If you enjoy old engineering
don't miss Sinig Korpu, i.e. "the Broken Bridge", a 12th century structure
built over the Ehram river in the village Ikinji Shikhli.
(380 km north west of Baku)
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