Barda be­com­ing fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion of tourists

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Aygul Sal­manova

The num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing Barda, one of the most sig­nif­i­cant and an­cient cities of the coun­try, has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased.

Hik­met Hey­darov, Head of the Tourism In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter, told Az­ernews that the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing the re­gion in­creased by 65 per­cent com­pared to the same pe­riod of last year.

Dur­ing the first 11 months of this year, 7,250 tourists from dif­fer­ent cities and re­gions of the coun­try vis­ited Barda while the num­ber of for­eign tourists was 1,233.

He noted that to achieve this in­crease Barda Tourism In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter with Re­gional Cul­tural Ad­min­is­tra­tion depart­ment of the Tourism and Cul­ture Min­istry car­ried out a joint pro­mo­tional work.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a sim­pli­fied visa regime and the over­all rise of the tourist flow to the coun­try also gave im­pe­tus to in­crease of the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing Barda, he added. It was pos­si­ble to raise aware­ness about Barda and its his­tor­i­cal sites, as over­all in­for­ma­tion about the city can be found in me­dia and var­i­ous tourism in­for­ma­tion web­sites, he said.

The fre­quent tourists are from CIS coun­tries, Hey­darov noted. “In ad­di­tion, a con­sid­er­able part of tourists are com­ing from Arab coun­tries and Iran to see the city. Tourists from coun­tries such as In­dia, Eng­land, the U.S. also travel Barda,” he said.

Hey­darov noted that a num­ber of mea­sures are taken to de­velop the city’s tourism sec­tor: “Printed brochures and in­for­ma­tion cards, the map of the city are pre­sented to tourists in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate their tour of the city."

Var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions re­flect­ing the cus­toms and tra­di­tions of the city, in­clud­ing art and tourism ex­hi­bi­tions, are or­ga­nized in the city. Tourists vis­it­ing Barda are more in­ter­ested in the his­toric sites of the re­gion.

Barda Tomb, also called as Al­lah-Al­lah or Nushaba tomb, is one of the most im­por­tant mon­u­ments re­flect­ing the his­tory of the city. Hey­darov noted that the lo­cal peo­ple call this mon­u­ment Nushaba Tomb while its for­mal name is Barda Tomb. Some peo­ple, how­ever, call it Al­lah-Al­lah due to more than 280 in­scrip­tions read­ing Al­lah-Al­lah in Ara­bic.

Tourists also visit Tor­pag­gala of 18-19 cen­turies, one of two ex­ist­ing mon­u­ments of its type in the world, Ha­mam lo­cated in the vil­lage Shir­vanli, Juma Mosque built in the 20th cen­tury, bridge on the river Tar­tar, tomb lo­cated in the vil­lage Gu­lal­lah, etc.

Another mon­u­ment, ac­cord­ing to Hey­darov, that makes the city one of the most de­vel­oped zones of faith tourism is Imamzade mosque. He noted that ev­ery day quite high num­ber of tourists from Iran and some Arab coun­tries visit this mon­u­ment. Although Imamzada mosque was mostly vis­ited by Syr­ian tourists be­fore.

Hey­darov also noted that he strongly rec­om­mends the vis­i­tors of the city to come and see the house of Bala Bey. This marvelous house, built in the 18th cen­tury in ac­cor­dance with the plan that was made in Eng­land, was con­structed in gothic style,” he noted.

Barda, one of the old­est liv­ing cen­ters not only in Azer­bai­jan but also in the Mid­dle East, is rich with many cul­tural mon­u­ments cov­er­ing a vast pe­riod from the sec­ond mil­len­nium BC to the Mid­dle Ages.

Through the city, lo­cated to the east of the Murovdag ridge, in the western part of the Shir­van plain, flows the river Terter. The city was the key point in which many ar­ter­ies form­ing the Great Silk Road con­verged. With such a fa­vor­able ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion char­ac­ter­ized by a lo­ca­tion at the in­ter­sec­tion of all car­a­van routes, the an­cient Barda was the largest com­mer­cial and ar­ti­san city.

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