5000 Years Old Village

11 hours

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During this tour, we will visit the north area of Azerbaijan. First stop will be in Quba city – one of the oldest cities in Azerbaijan. Unique nature, beautiful climate, and gorgeous air -all this you will find in Quba.

 

Discover the most ancient place in the world

Then our route heading 60 up in the mountains –   to the unique place Xinaliq”, “Khinalug“; also rendered as Khanaluka, Khanalyk, Khinalykh, or Khynalyk) is an ancient Caucasian village going back to the Caucasian Albanian period. It is located high up in the mountains of Quba Rayon, Azerbaijan.

 

Khinaliq is among the most ancient and continuously inhabited places in the world, with a history of over 5,000 years. Because of the high altitude and remoteness of Khinaliq, it managed to survive and withstand many invasions.

 

There are also some other historical places such as a 12th-century mosque, a 15th-century mosque, and several ancient cemeteries between the mountains.

 

The local community

Khinaliq has a population of about 2,000 people. This small group of people speaks the Khinaliq language, which belongs to the Northeast Caucasian language family, although many speak Azerbaijani as well.

 

It is located just north of Quba in the middle of the Greater Caucasus mountains that divide Russia and the South Caucasus. Khinaliq is also the highest, most remote and isolated village in Azerbaijan and among the highest in the Caucasus.

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